Cove Fort Historic Site, UT
|Location:||Junction of I-15 and I-70|
Millard County, Utah
One of the few remaining forts for the Pioneer age, Cove Fort stands as a monument to those that lived in that time. As a way point between cities Cove Fort served as shelter from the hostile environment and natives of the land. Restored to its original state, it is an impressive site to see and learn a little about history.
Cove Fort is located around the junction of I-15 and I-70. It is a little northeast of that junction. Cove Fort is rich in history present and past. Cove Fort is a historic site for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The fort served as a way point between Beaver and Fillmore. Its purpose was to offer protection and refreshment to travelers. There was never any Indian attacks in the history of the fort.
In 1867, the prophet Brigham Young called Ira Hinckley and his family to come and direct the building and operations of the fort The fort was build over a 7 month period. Lava rocks are what was used for the outside walls of the fort. Each room within the fort also had a fireplace. This was to insure heat during the hard winter months. What seems like a small cramped place to them was a nice place to people to stop along the way. The fort is 100 square feet, 18.5 feet tall, 4 feet thick at the footings and 2.5 feet thick at the top.
This is the only fort built by the Latter-day Saints in the 1800’s that still stands.