Moyle House and Indian Tower

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Moyle House and Indian Tower
Moyle House and Indian Tower is located in Utah
Moyle House and Indian Tower
Location 606 E. 770 North, Alpine, Utah
Coordinates 40°27′52″N 111°45′58″W / 40.46444°N 111.76611°W / 40.46444; -111.76611Coordinates: 40°27′52″N 111°45′58″W / 40.46444°N 111.76611°W / 40.46444; -111.76611
Area 2.5 acres (1.0 ha)
Built 1858, 1917
Built by Moyle,John Rowe; Moyle,Joseph E.
Architectural style Mid 19th Century Revival, Bungalow/craftsman
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 92001689[1]
Added to NRHP December 23, 1992

The Moyle House and Indian Tower, located at 606 E. 770 North in Alpine, Utah, date from 1858. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The listing included two contributing buildings and one contributing structure on 2.5 acres (1.0 ha).[1]

The house is expanded in 1859-1860 from a c.1858 dugout house. The tower built during 1860-1866 was built as a private fort for defense against Indians of the Black Hawk War of 1865-1868, and is the only such tower known to have been built for protection of a single household in Utah. These stone structures were built by English-born mason and Mormon, John Rowe Moyle. His son Joseph Moyle expanded the house in 1917, adding Bungalow/Craftsman elements. A dugout/food cellar also was built during c.1868-60. These three structures are included in the NRHP listing.[2]

John Moyle also built a home for a second wife in a nearby property, not part of the NRHP listing.[2]

See also Fort Deseret and Cove Fort, also NRHP-listed, also private forts.[2]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Allen Roberts and Martha S. Bradley (October 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Moyle House and Indian Tower" (PDF). National Park Service.  and accompanying photos