Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum

Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum The United States Army, Mormon Pioneers, Stagecoach Travelers, and the Pony Express met at Camp Floyd in Fairfield, UT in the late 1850s. Today, Camp Floyd is a museum and Utah State Park. http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/camp-floyd
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Beginning today, Camp Floyd State Park is open to all Utah visitors — with some limitations in areas where local health ...
04/18/2020

Beginning today, Camp Floyd State Park is open to all Utah visitors — with some limitations in areas where local health orders are in place. Consult the map below, and always check with your local public health office if you have questions.

Visit stateparks.utah.gov for updates on COVID-19 impacts at Utah State Parks.

04/17/2020
Stables and Garden

The stables and garden were located 6 blocks east of the Commissay/ Museum. The dragoons kept their horses here and the 40 acre garden was located here as well. Each company was expected to raise an acre of produce. They grew mostly potatoes and each company was scheduled once a week to water the garden spot out of the stream.
Be sure to come out to the park this summer and see our recreated heirloom garden located just west of the Commissary.
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Do you Know? Can you tell us what this is? This is one of the many items on display at Camp Floyd State Park. Leave your...
04/16/2020

Do you Know?
Can you tell us what this is? This is one of the many items on display at Camp Floyd State Park. Leave your guess in the comments below. Camp Floyd State Park is open Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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04/15/2020
Camp Floyd Water

Water was key to the establishment of Camp Floyd. The springs are located in the trees to the south of the Fairfield Cemetery. This was a regular camping site for the Goshute Indians. In former years the water of the spring would shoot two or three feet into the air before falling back into the pond surrounding the spring. The bottom of the pond is quicksand. At one time a pump house stood at the mouth of the springs and water was pumped into the mountain mining camps of Manning and Mercer. The bath houses for the men of Johnston's army were also located near the springs. On the street where the Inn is located you will pass the site of the old flour mill. It burned down but was used for many years to provide flour for the community of Fairfield.
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Turkey Vultures basking in the sun.
04/14/2020

Turkey Vultures basking in the sun.

04/12/2020
Adobe Pit

Immediately after their arrival in Cedar Valley, the men of Johnston’s Army began constructing buildings and quarters to house the troops. These structures were mainly comprised of adobe brick. Large pits were dug in the sloughs of Cedar Creek to extract clay for the 1,600,000 adobe bricks required for construction of the buildings. Civilians from the neighboring communities found employment making “dobies”. They were sold to the Army at one cent per brick. The soldiers did the actual construction on the buildings.

Brick by brick the walls rose until they were eight feet high. As the wall grew, space was left for doors and windows. Frames were fashioned from pine sawed by the army in the canyons of the Oquirrh Mountains. The floors were made of hard pounded clay and straw, except for the headquarters and staff structures which had wooden ones. The roofs were sawed planks from Brigham Young’s mill in Mill Creek Canyon. These were laid against the ridge beams and covered with 3 or 4 inches of adobe mud. When Camp Floyd was at its largest, it contained 300 – 400 buildings, most of which were made of adobe brick.
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04/10/2020
Fairfield School

Today's tour is of the Fairfield School.
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SCHOOL HOUSE
The first school house built in Fairfield was an adobe or mud building that stood immediately in front of the present brick school. The first teacher was Earl McClain, who is remembered as being rather stern, and prone to using a long ruler for purposes other than measuring. McClain was one of the soldiers that stayed in Fairfield after the army left. School started when the first snow fell, and closed when it melted away. The brick school was built in 1896.
OLD GYM
The Fairfield Recreation Hall, or the old gym stood just to the north of the school on the corner lot. The people of the valley worked hard together, and played hard too. The gym was used for dancing, singing schools, spelling bees, lectures, corn husking bees, and also for apple and plum bees. Fairfield citizens also used the gym for a chapel until 1961.

04/08/2020
Pony Express

The Pony Express was critical in getting corispondance to and from the soldiers at Camp Floyd. The following story is from a rider that rode through Camp Floyd.
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Being a Pony Express rider was an exciting time in the riders lives. Riders came from a variety of backgrounds. One such rider William "Billy" F. Fisher often rode through Camp Floyd. The following is taken from the book Here Comes The Pony! An activity book written by William E. Hill for the Oregon- California Trails Association Pony Express National Museum.

Fisher was born on November 16,1839, in Woolrich, England. His family had converted to Mormonism and later migrated to the United States, traveling by wagon to Salt Lake City in 1854. Billy was one of the first riders
hired by Howard Egan and was part of the group that carried the first eastbound mail. He rode for the Pony Express until July 1,1861. He was assigned to ride out of the Ruby Valley station, through the lonely, barren, mountainous area to Egan Station. During the Paiute War this was a very dangerous section. He reportedly carried the news of its outbreak from Ruby Valley to Salt Lake City, 300 miles in thirty four hours. In November, after Lincoln's election, he completed his section of about 75 miles in just over four hours, averaging about eighteen miles per hour-perhaps the real record. In January, 1861, shortly after leaving his home station he was caught in a major blizzard. Visibility dropped to near zero. He lost the trail a number of times, almost ran into an oxen team, refused to remain at the stations he passed, almost froze to death while trying to wait out the storm in a grove of trees, wandered off the trail again, finally took refuge in a farm until the storm broke and then resumed to bring the mail to Salt Lake City. After his time with the Pony Express he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He served as construction crew foreman. Thus, he played a role in two systems that helped to unite the East and the West. He later took up ranching in Idaho. He served as Secretary of the Idaho Territorial Convention, became a Mormon Bishop and an attorney. He died on September 20, 1919 in Rigby, Idaho.

Hey Utah County Residents. If you were thinking about visiting Camp Floyd State Park but were worried about fee transact...
04/07/2020

Hey Utah County Residents. If you were thinking about visiting Camp Floyd State Park but were worried about fee transactions we have another way for you to pay the park fees.To reduce everyone's exposure when entering the park go to the following link to prepay your entrance fee.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-floyd-state-park-tickets-101941826748

When you arrive at the park just show us the confirmation page And you are ready for your visit.

The entrance fee is $3 per person.
Stay safe and have a wonderful day.
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04/07/2020
Camp Floyd Cemetery Tour

Camp Floyd Cemetery was intended to be permanent in 1858, and was made large enough to accommodate numerous graves—13 rods by 20 rods (214.5 feet by 330 feet). The cemetery is now fenced to 200 by 300 feet. According to the journal of Captain Albert Tracy the cemetery was “walled in”. Ralph Pike’s marker is described as a headboard indicating it was made of wood. A photograph taken in 1954 show the ground barren indicating no physical evidence of the grave placement.

Today the park has used Ground Penetrating Radar to find the locations of the graves and have placed “unknown” markers on them as we do not know who is buried in each grave.
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Utah State Parks & Recreation
04/03/2020

Utah State Parks & Recreation

What to expect when you visit a state park:

- All areas managed by the Division remain open only to visitors who reside in the same county as the state park, museum, or recreation area.

- State park staff will be verifying the residency of park visitors. Out-of-county residents will be turned away.

- We are partnering with our sister agency, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, to increase presence at our busier parks.

- Parks have posted notices on their individual websites, social media accounts, and at park entrances.

- We are working on placing portable variable message signs at the entrances of some highly-visited state parks. Staff is also patrolling high traffic areas to encourage #ResponsibleRecreation and social distancing practices.

As you can imagine a soldiers life wasn't always glamorous and adventurous. Sometimes the worst possible events happened...
04/03/2020

As you can imagine a soldiers life wasn't always glamorous and adventurous. Sometimes the worst possible events happened. We learn of such an event from Captain Albert Tracy's journal from April 3, 1859.
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April 3, 1859
Inspection and drill in the morning. During my temporary absence at Paul's tent, my own took fire, and within a short space, the roof together with portions of the sides at the top, was wholly burnt out—leaving the ridge-pole a blackened and desolate sign of the wrath of the fiery element. It was the sheet iron stove, with its pipe through an insufficient collar in the canvas, that wrought it all. Little harm was suffered by the contents, which were promptly removed by the men. Another tent also sets me up again in life. Sketch of camp at evening. Read in Sarah's book of "Miles Standish," close buttoned in my overcoat and wrapped in my robe of buffalo.

04/01/2020

If you are trying to contact or visit Camp Floyd State Park the power is out. The estimated time for power is 4:00 PM from Rocky Mountain Power.

From the journal of Captain Albert Tracy from March 31, 1859 we learn a little about the soldiers of Camp Floyd's target...
03/31/2020

From the journal of Captain Albert Tracy from March 31, 1859 we learn a little about the soldiers of Camp Floyd's target practice.
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March 31
With our companies by platoon, in single rank, we drill today at Evolutions of the Line. During the firings, which were with ball-cartridge, my dog "Shakes," not only runs the gauntlet without home, but actually bounces after the bullets as they skip about him, striking up the ground. We never expected to see "Shakes" come alive out^of it, but he wagged his tail in a quiet way, as I came back and entered my tent— as though to say it was a matter of very little concern to a dog of his game qualities. Ice last night full half an inch in thickness. Snow also, today.

NOTICECamp Floyd State Park is currently open only to residents of Utah County per Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert’s“Stay ...
03/28/2020

NOTICE
Camp Floyd State Park is currently open only to residents of Utah County per Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert’s
“Stay Safe, Stay Home” Directive.

Please practice Responsible Recreation — including social distancing and recreating close to home.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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03/28/2020

Utah State Parks & Recreation

We all play a part in keeping one another safe.

#ResponsibleRecreation means: separating yourself and honoring the social distance of others, avoiding crowded trailheads and areas, keeping parks and facilities clean, and sticking to state parks in your local area.

One of the main responsibilities of the soldiers of Camp Floyd was to keep peace in the Utah Territory by showing that t...
03/22/2020

One of the main responsibilities of the soldiers of Camp Floyd was to keep peace in the Utah Territory by showing that the Federal government was in control when General Johnston would here of issues within the territory. Often the soldiers were at odds with the Territorial governor Alfred Cumming. One of these instances was recorded in the Journal of Albert Tracy on March 22, 1859.
Don't forget to visit the park Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
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March 22
In view of an absence of forage and other stores at Battle Creek, it is determined to push farther onward, to the vicinity of Provo itself. We are upon the road by seven in the morning, and achieving the half of "Provo bench," beyond American Fork, strike diagonally to the left, above gravel and athwart the sage in the direction of the mouth of Timpanogos Canyon, to rear of Provo City. In the meantime the air had become uncommonly chilly, and a stiff breeze traversed the level upon which we found ourselves, hurling into our faces and eyes the fine sharp particles of the surface, and rendering the march one of the most irksome and wearing. By the time also we had reached the ground proposed for camp, immediately by Timpanogos river, and opposite the mouth of the Canyon, a fierce and bitter squall of snow struck down upon us, enveloping the tail of the column till it could hardly be seen. The coming up of the wagons also being now much delayed, we were well-nigh literally frozen before we could get up tents, or start in our sheet iron stoves, fire to cheer our blood withal. A gallon of good whiskey at my tent became very popular, for the time, and, after a jorum to Corporal Davis and the "Captain's detail," who put up my tent blue in the face—I dispensed the liquor to all comers. If any one took so much as to be soon after overcome by the warmth of the tent it was Shunk, of the Ordnance, who accompanies the command as a volunteer. But a more disordered and disconsolate looking camp than ours for the time being, by the mouth of Timpanogos Canyon, and in the snow-storm—so long as it lasted—I have rarely seen, in the course of my experience. We learn at camp that the Mormons have consented, for the present—and probably in view of the force hereat—to be somewhat more civil; but that Governor Cumming has written a furious letter to General Johnson, for sending hitherward troops—stating that he—Cumming—had made no requisition upon the United States for such, and that without his requisition, their presence was illegal, and an intimidation to the people.

The Camp Floyd Stage is finished. We want to thank Red Mountain Builders for constructing the stage for us. We can't wai...
03/20/2020

The Camp Floyd Stage is finished.
We want to thank Red Mountain Builders for constructing the stage for us. We can't wait for the opportunity to use it. Until that time please remember that Camp Floyd State Park is open daily Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. While families are trying to find things to do during this unique time in the world's history Camp Floyd State Park is chalk full of history to share with your families about the Utah War and Johnston's Army, the Pony Express, the Stage Coach and the residents of historic Fairfield, Utah.
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Camp Floyd State Park remains open to the public at this time but asks that our visitors follow the recommended guidelin...
03/17/2020

Camp Floyd State Park remains open to the public at this time but asks that our visitors follow the recommended guidelines when they visit.
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Here is the latest from Utah State Parks.

COVID-19 UPDATES
This information will be updated as more information evolves and becomes available.

“Clean – Avoid – Cover”
The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation takes the health and safety of our visitors and employees seriously.

Employees have been asked to clean high-traffic areas or highly-used materials regularly; as well as to not report to work should there be concerns about their health status.

We advise park visitors to always use their best judgment when determining the safety of themselves and their families. Guests are encouraged to practice healthy hygiene and avoid visiting parks if they feel ill or are having symptoms.

Please help keep our parks and park facilities clean and tidy by cleaning up after yourself in the restroom and informing our staff of any deficiencies you may encounter.

Utah State Parks is following the guidance and recommendations of our health partners. This includes social distancing and limiting the size of groups — as well as “Clean-Avoid-Cover” guidelines. Visit coronavirus.utah.gov for up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Utah. For the latest updates please visit https://stateparks.utah.gov/2020/03/16/covid-19-updates/

Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum's cover photo
03/09/2020

Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum's cover photo

If you missed out on our Camp Floyd State Park Volunteer Open House on Saturday don't worry you can still come to the pa...
03/09/2020

If you missed out on our Camp Floyd State Park Volunteer Open House on Saturday don't worry you can still come to the park and we would love to visit with you about the park's volunteer opportunities. or call (801) 768-8932
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Stage Update!!In the January 18, 1859 edition of the Valley Tan, the newspaper provided for Camp Floyd's in opposition t...
02/28/2020

Stage Update!!
In the January 18, 1859 edition of the Valley Tan, the newspaper provided for Camp Floyd's in opposition to the Deseret news we read.
The dramatic Association is doing first rate; they have a new member, Mr. White, of the tenth infantry, who is without a doubt a first rate comedian, and upon every appearance has succeeded in pleasing every one. In his appearance, as John Doe, in the “Jacobite” he proved himself the best comedian in the association. Mrs. Whitlock, as “Patty Pottle,” did full justice to the character and play. If Camp Floyd will be allowed a star in the Theatrical world, Mrs. Whitlock is entitled to that honor.

In the spirit of entertainment, Camp Floyd State Park's new stage will try to continue the tradition of original Camp Floyd stage. All that is left in the building of the stage is the electrical, sheetrock for the greenroom and roof.
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18035 W 1540 N
Fairfield, UT
84013

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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Join us for historical music on the hammer dulcimer and strings, dancing, and birthday cake and punch in the historic Fairfield schoolhouse for the Ball on Sat., Feb. 22, 2020, at 7 pm. Call soon to Camp Floyd State Park 801-768-8932 to get your discounted tickets ahead for $12. Friends of Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn and Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum. 801-768-8932.
The Washington's Birthday Ball is getting close. Do you have your tickets? Call Camp Floyd at 801.768.8932 since it is cheaper ahead of time. Tickets: $12 each in advance. At the door, tickets are $15 each. Don't miss out on the fun dancing, live music and birthday cake. 801-768-8932.
Photo taken in front of the school house on 10/26/19
Having a fun time at Day Of The Cowboy with all the amazing Cowboy/Cowgirl Poets and Western Singers! Camp Floyd Stage Coach Inn
Had an awesome time at the Artisan Day event teaching about 1860s fashion and Living History as a whole. Thanks Clay, Chuck and everyone for a nice day! -JB
We were there last week for a field trip. I sketched the nice man who helped us. Thank you!
Today in 1859
Hello I was wondering if Metal Detecting is permitted at Camp Floyd State Park?
If you missed our 160th anniversary flag raising ceremony today here is a cool video of this historic event.
This is a segment we filmed for Fox 13's The Place for our November 10th flag raising ceremony at 10 AM. Everyone is invited to come and watch this historic event.
Check this out from last night. The mist then the orb that comes out of the chair takes a turn to the right and towards the door. We had just asked if John could sit in his chair or make it move. Megan Tenney Holdaway Mike Holdaway Heather Tenney English Katie Whitehead
I want to go to the flag ceremony on November 10, but I need a ride. Can anyone help me? If I get to go I'm planning on wearing my Union uniform and wearing all my gear.