Monday, 18 July 2011

Old Fort Deseret

Old Fort Deseret was erected in 18 days by 98 men in 1865 as a defense against Pahvant Indians during the Blackhawk War.   It would be pretty good going these days to build a fort like this so quickly!

The fort was built of adobe made with mud and straw mixed by the feet of oxen, it was 550 feet square, the walls were 10ft high, 3ft thick at the bottom and 1½ ft thick at the top.

There were huge gates in each side with bastions at the northeast and southwest corners, the whole rested on a stone foundation.

Today all that remains are the adobe walls on the side of the road.

Have fun, we are!

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