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Fall Break continued: Cove Fort

October 27, 2013

 

On our way home from the Shakespeare Festival, we stopped at Cove Fort which sits right by the junction of I-70 and I-15 in southern Utah.  DH and I stopped there a few years ago, but the boys have never been.  In 1867 Ira Hinckley (grandfather of LDS church president Gordon B.  Hinckley) was called to build the fort and move his family there.  It was a popular way station for travelers as well as two daily stagecoach lines.  It was built from nearby volcanic rock and has twelve interior rooms.  Each wall is 100 feet long and 18 feet high.

A missionary guided us through the fort.  Unfortunately the picture she took of all of us didn’t turn out.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe telegraph office:

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The kitchen/dining room:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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One of several guestrooms showing the tick mattresses, rope beds, and buffalo skin blankets as well as blankets that came from the Indians.

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 Indians from northern Arizona would come all the way to Cove Fort because Ira Hinckley was a fair trader.  The Hinckleys would rather feed the Indians than fight them so they had an open invitation to dine at Cove Fort.

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Notice the top hat box on top of the dresser:

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The corner of the quilt on this bed shows its date: 1855.

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Blacksmith shop and other buildings out the west gate of the fort:

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2013 11:31 am

    We visited there in the spring. We loved it. The church always does such a great job with historical sites!

    Judi 🙂

  2. October 28, 2013 12:10 pm

    This is one place we hope to visit soon! My husband and went for a Hinckley family meeting back in 1996. We have been wanting to take the kids, especially since our oldest son is named Ira Hinckley after his 3rd great-grandfather!

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