The Fairview Fort - A Vital Part of Sanpete

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1981
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title The Fairview Fort - A Vital Part of Sanpete
Description THE FAIRVIEW WORT; A VITAL PART OF SANPETE Betty Ramsey P.O. Box 143 Fairview, Utah 8k62$ Professional Division Honorable Bention Historical Essay Tourists traveling through Fairview have been heard to say, "This village is quaint*" Quaint it may be compared to other towns in the country, but the face of the town has undergone a complete change since its founding, Fairview, as many of the other towns, was once a fort, and a.11 the citizenry lived within the enclosure for protection from surrounding hostile Indians, venturing out only to tend their animals and crops. When the city was first established in i860, work was begun on the fort which was eventually to house all the activities of the people. The fort when completed circled a full city block with rock walls ten feet high, two-and-one-half feet wide at the bottom, tapering to one-and-one-half feet at the top. On the south side, a.row of log houses stood shoulder to shoulder, forming the wall and adjoining the rock walls at each end. A small ga.te" faced the east and an open passageway only wide enough for one person to get through was left between two of the homes in the south wall. There were also two large wagon gates in the enclosure walls. With the increase in population of what was then called North Bend, a row of houses was built fron north to south inside the fort. A fen houses were also built in other areas. Between the center of the fort and the nest wall, a large log Schoolhouse was built flTiri also was used as a church and an amusement hall. A road circled the fort within the walls and another ran from one gate to another and also across the center of the fort free north to south. Because of Indian troubles, the fort was abandoned for six years, and when the residents returned in 1866, the fort required some additional work. At that time, the south wall, which had once been made up of houses, was replaced with a strong rock wall. The wall facing the west was made higher and two bastions were built at the southeast and northwest corners* Portholes in these structures allowed all activities along any wall of the fort to be observed so that the alarm could be given if danger threatened. In a snort tine settlers began to build outside the walls, but an stayed close for safety) and when the bass drum sounded, they took shelter within the safety of the fort. -15-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324347
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