Fort Deseret

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Fort Deseret
Entrance to Fort Deseret
Fort Deseret is located in Utah
Fort Deseret
Location Millard County, Utah, USA
Nearest city Deseret, Utah
Coordinates 39°15′54″N 112°39′13″W / 39.26500°N 112.65361°W / 39.26500; -112.65361Coordinates: 39°15′54″N 112°39′13″W / 39.26500°N 112.65361°W / 39.26500; -112.65361
Built 1866
Architect John W. Radford
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 70000624[1]
Added to NRHP October 9, 1970

Fort Deseret (Listeni/dɛz.əˈrɛt./[2]) was built in 1865 during the Utah Black Hawk War to protect settlers in western Utah from the attacks of local Utes. Due to U.S. Army obligations in the Civil War, local settlers were advised to take measures to defend themselves, resulting in the construction of the fort. The 550-foot square fort had 10-foot adobe walls. It proved useful when Black Hawk appeared in 1866 at Deseret demanding cattle. The security provided by the fortification allowed a peaceful settlement to be negotiated.[3] The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 9, 1970.[4]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide" (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPA-ified from «dĕz-a-rĕt´»
  3. ^ "Fort Deseret". Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership. 2008-11-04. 
  4. ^ Smith, Melvin T. (September 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Fort Deseret" (PDF). National Park Service.  "Accompanying 2 photos, from 1970" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory. 

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