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Ephraim's Four Forts

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1998
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326508
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s

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Title Ephraim's Four Forts
Description Pioneer James Farmer wrote, "Twenty-five men, organized in military order, began construction of the little fort on 7 February 1854. The walls made of rock, processed from nearby canyon walls, were seven feet high and two feet thick. It included one and one half acres and formed the outside walls for thiry-nine persons. It was completed 1 March 1854. Our home was 15x16 feet. We had our house, cattle, and grain inside the little fort. Our red brethren are very friendly. Some will do a little work. They are living in wickiups, close to our small fort. They are often in our fort and in our homes. We feed and clothe them. " An unidentified pioneer wrote, "These first settlers built their fort, which enclosed one and one-half acres of ground, partly on the lot where the Ephraim Co-op Store and Tithing office now stands. The walls were seven feet high, and there was only one gate which was on the west side. They also built a number of small adobe and rock homes inside the fort, as well as a meeting house in the center of the fort. This fort later became Little Fort to distinguish it from the larger one commenced soon after."4 Scandinavia served as a fertile field for the Mormon missionaries. Many converts were made and baptized, and then planned to emigrate to "Zion" Upon their arrival in Salt Lake City, President Brigham Young directed numerous families to continue their journey southward to Fort Ephraim, known as "Little Denmark."5 Pioneer James Farmer wrote, "When these many arrivals of 1854 started coming to Ephraim, it was seen a larger fort would be necessary This fort embraced the block on which the little fort was built and most of the block immediately north of it. The walls around the fort were fourteen feet high and four feet at the top, but it was only completed to the full height on the north. In many places it was only seven feet high It had two gates, one on the east and one on the west. In building the walls the builders would take turns, working on the walls, hauling wood and timber and working 56
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326414
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s/326414