If you are traveling through Utah on I-15 and would like a glimpse of Utah's pioneer past, be sure to stop in at Historic Cove Fort, located in central Utah between the towns of Beaver and Fillmore. You'll see firsthand the original fort built in 1867 by Ira Hinckley, who was called by President Brigham Young (then President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) to take charge of building a fort on Cove Creek. Due to the scarcity of water, a town could not be established in this location so Cove Fort was to be a way-station for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, miners, Indian or Spanish traders, mail carriers, and others traveling along the "Mormon Corridor" - settlements stretching from Idaho to California. There are written accounts of the fort's beginnings that claim it was built primarily as a protection against Indian assault. While this was probably a concern of the new settlers, the primary reason for establishing the fort was to provide rest for weary travelers.
Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. Please consider reading our editorial policy to understand how and why we publish the resources we do.
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