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.
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!
Located at the base of the San Francisco Mountains is the remnants of the Frisco mining town. Born in 1875 after the discovery of pure Silver, the Frisco mining town sprang up in a matter of weeks and became the west’s most toughest mining camp. Murders were a daily occurrence, and history claims that an average of 12 men per night were killed. This could only explain why the Frisco Cemetery was the biggest in the state at the time. Read More!
Located west of Delta, Utah is the remains of the Topaz Internment Camp. Between 1942 to 1946 the Topaz camp was home to about 10,000 Japanese who were sent there by the U.S. Government shortly after the attack of Pearl Harbor. War time hysteria caused the relocation of 120,000 Japanese Americans to be relocated to one of ten inland camps. Read More!
One of the treats you will be rewarded with when exploring Miller Canyon is the old mine. The old shed, mine chute, and cold house are still in great condition considering its age. Inside the shed is an old motorized pulley system still in the same location as it was over hundred years ago. If you look on the chute you can still see the pulleys and how they once hauled up ore from the depths below. Read More!
Fort Deseret is located 10 miles southwest of Delta Utah. The fort was erected in 1865 in defense against the Pahvant Indians in the Black Hawk War. The fort was constructed of adobe mud and straw in only 18 days by 98 men. It was 550' square with walls 10' high, 3' wide at the base and 1 1/2' thick at the top, resting on a lava rock foundation. Read More!