Brigham Young asked Ira Hinckley to build a fort at Cove Creek, a days ride from both St George and Fillmore. The intention of the fort was to protect travellers from Indians and as a refuge on the long journey. The fort was built in 7 months and was never needed as protection.
Once the railroad came through fort was no longer needed and was sold over the years became it dilapidated and was on the verge of falling down until the Hinckley family bought and restored it. The fort is now owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and missionaries are happy to show visitors around.
Inside the Fort.
One of the bedrooms inside the Fort, the rolling pin on the headboard is to roll the mattress when it gets lumpy, if you happened to have a husband who snores I can think of other uses for that rolling pin!
The dining area, visitors and family all ate together and when Mrs Hinkley prepared meals, she baked huge loaves in 5lb tins.
Cove Fort is between just off both I70 and I15.
Have fun, we are!