Utah Historical Sites
Utah has a very unique and diverse history. From native Indians to trappers, traders, explorers, Mormon pioneers to cowboys. The big mining boom, to the railroad and then finally State Hood. Along the way pieces of history were left behind waiting to be explored. Dwellings of Utah's native Indians, to Ghost towns of the old mining boom to houses built by the Mormon pioneers. These sites have been set aside for our generation to learn more about Utah's past. Below you find a list of sites that we have visited with information about each.
The rock art located up Dry Fork Canyon is world renowned and located along a 200-foot-high "Navajo Formation" sandstone cliff. These petroglyphs are located on the Sadie McConkie Ranch, a private property, but have remained accessible to the public, all they ask is that visitors do not damage the sites, and obey all signs. Nowhere else can you see more petroglyphs in one area that are so easily accessible. Read More!
The Hermit's Cave was constructed by a man named Bob Stinson. Bob served his country in World War I. Upon returning home from the war he learned that his girlfriend left and married another man. Heart broke he decided to travel to Delta Utah to visit his brother in 1929. Read More!
The Oregon Short Line Company was established in 1878 to provide the Union Pacific Railroad access to the Pacific Northwest. The company announced in 1906 that it would construct a modern new depot in Brigham City. The depot was completed and opened to the public on May 19, 1907. Read More!
Construction of the Brigham City Tabernacle began in 1868. Settlers hauled limestone and sandstone from the mountain quarries. Workers in the Co-op masonry department shaped and laid the stone. Mountain pine was cut and used for joists, rafters, beams and lumber for the floor, roof, pulpit, benches and doors. The women donated produce from their gardens and all eggs gathered on Sundays to raise funds for an organ, a silver sacrament service and ornate volumes of scripture. Read More!
Built in 1854, the Beehive House was home to the president of the LDS Church and the governor of the Utah Territory, Brigham Young. The name (The Beehive House) is drawn from the Beehive that sits atop this historic mansion. A Beehive, which is the symbol of industry reflects Brigham Young's belief in a strong work ethic. The Beehive is still the prominent symbol throughout Utah today. Read More!
Located approx 30.9 miles into the canyon just off the road are several run down log cabins, the only remains left from this old stage coach stop. The town of Harper once consisted of a saloon, hotel, store, post office and school. A telegraph line connected Harper to Fort Duchesne. Today Harper is posted, so please respect this private property. Read More!
Located deep in Utah’s west desert near the Nevada border is the famous mining camp of Gold Hill. The town established in 1892 was named after a gold bearing mountain just east of the town. Gold Hill became famous for its location of many minerals including silver, gold, copper, lead, tungsten, and arsenic. The town boomed and died several times in its existence. The first boom lasted for a decade until its richest mines were worked out and the town was nearly abandoned. During World War I arsenic was badly needed and Gold Hill was just the location to find the mineral. Read More!
Located 30 miles west of Milford Utah is the old ghost town of Newhouse. Although this area was inhabited as early as 1870 the town never amounted to much until 1900 when Samuel Newhouse purchased the Cactus Mine. Newhouse had a dream to establish a model city for his miners and their families. Read More!
The Cove Fort Historical Site is located 2 miles south of Exit 135 off I-15 and one mile north of Exit 1 off I-70. The fort was built in 1867 at the current site selected by Brigham Young because of the proximity between Fillmore and Beaver. The construction of the fort was over-seen by Ira Hinckley. Read More!
While traveling through Milford Utah to explore the many outdoor activities around the area you couldn't help but notice this grand old building. It appeared it was open as there was a lot of activity around the building. Being very curious we stopped by and our luck paid off as we began to talk with the current owners of the hotel; Bryon Mccarty, Brent and Lynn Severson, and Joy Tomlin. Read More!