Cove Fort is just north of I-70 on the I-15. If you are heading between Salt Lake City and St George… you can’t miss it between Kanosh and Beaver.
Cove Fort was built to offer protection and respite to the traveler. In 1847, pioneers began settling the high mountain valleys between Idaho and California. Those pioneers came west to worship in peace and to build homes and communities.
Cove Fort is made of lava rock, which workers hauled from west side of the property. It stands 100 square feet, 18.5 feet tall, 4 feet thick at the footings and 2.5 feet thick at the top. Yes, the walls narrow as they go up to make them strong and sturdy.
In 1867, the Prophet Brigham Young called Ira Hinckley and his family to come and direct the building and operations of the Cove Fort. Interesting to note is that Ira had no former training in building or manning a fort.
Cove Fort has been restored to bring the past a little bit more to life. Many of the furnishings are period antiques. Some are even the originals! Scattered about the nation, the families who owned them. (Such as this stove.) Donated them back to the fort. Cove Fort is the only fort built by the Latter-day Saints in the 1800’s that still stands.
Learn about the interior rooms here. I typed out my memories of the tour, and then went looking. Sure enough! Their prose is better. LOL
This is the dining room. Travelers could come and pay for a meal.
When a traveler came. They could pay for a place to sleep. This isn’t like the beds and hotels now. You might need to sleep in the same small bed next to a complete stranger.
However, the food was good and you had a roof over your head. The next picture is a weaving loom. You couldn’t go to your local store and buy fabric. Out here there was no store. You had sheep, sheared, cleaned, combed and spun the wool into thread. Then you wove them together one pass at a time, on a loom. Note the shoes. Do you see a difference? Most of us know what a horse shoe looks like. Did you notice the ones that look like two crescents? Those are for oxen. Oxen have cloven hooves and need to sections on their feet.
For times and more facts visit the Cove Fort website.
I wish I could convey the sweet spirit that is there. We began the tour with a video about the site and history. Then went room to room, through the garden, around the blacksmith and barn and back through the fort. Imagine how much work it took to scrape life out of the dirt? To work most of the time your eyes were open?
I believe we are so greatly blessed! #LoveOneAnother because we have so much to be grateful for!
On your next pass north or south on Interstate 15, Please visit Cove Fort.