Utah May 07, 2017
The Tiny Town In Utah Where Time Stands Still
Utah has plenty of
ghost towns, but did you know that there’s one little town that played an important role during the Civil War? Check out the tiny town of Fairfield!
The tiny town of Fairfield was established in 1855, when just a handful of people settled here. It was originally known as "Frogtown."
In 1858, Johnson's Army arrived to keep an eye on the Mormon settlers. It was rumored that the Mormons were poised for rebellion. 3,500 troops (nearly one third of the U.S. Army) set up Camp Floyd.
The Mormons never rebelled, but Fairfield and Camp Floyd played an important role in the Civil War, which was taking place thousands of miles from the Utah Territory.
Both the South and the North used the Utah War and the issue of polygamy to distract people from the much more pressing issues of slavery and states rights, which were dividing the country in half.
The population of Fairfield and Camp Floyd exceeded 7,000 people, making it the third largest city in the Utah territory, and the larges military installation in the entire country!
When troops returned to fight in Civil War battles, most of the buildings at the fort were dismantled.
Today, the fort is a state park. The tiny town of Fairfield has around 100 residents.
Stagecoach Inn was built in 1858. Weary travelers along the stagecoach route often stopped here.
Once the stagecoaches between St. Louis, Missouri and San Francisco stopped operating, business suffered. The Inn remained open until 1947.
Today, the Inn serves as a museum. It's open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Take a look at the exhibits and rooms furnished with items from the Civil War period.
Soldiers built the Commissary in 1858, when Johnston's Army was stationed here.
The Fairfield District Schoolhouse operated from 1898 to 1937.
The Camp Floyd Cemetery was established in 1858, but just three years later the troops here left to fight in the Civil War. You can pay your respects to the soldiers buried here.
The one-room schoolhouse is open for special events and school field trips.
This year's event is over Memorial weekend, May 27th-29th.
The park hosts a Civil War Encampment every year. The event includes lots of games from the time period, food and stagecoach rides.
You can even wear Civil War uniforms, learn military drill and shoot a toy musket.
Visit Camp Floyd State Park's
for more details.
Visit Camp Floyd Stagecoach Inn State Park at 18035 W. 1540 N., in Fairfield.
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