For more than a decade, the wooden fort structure located on Geneva Road and 200 North has been closed due to vandalism, structural concerns and because the site does not meet contemporary play area safety standards. The logs have become increasingly rotted and efforts to shore-up what is left are now insufficient to keep it standing. The towers are leaning, inaccessible by the public and in danger of collapse. It is time to take these structures down. *You can see examples of the hazards in the pictures below.
The log fencing and bastion towers were intended as a play area rather than an accurate re-creation of the original Fort Utah. In fact, the site has very little in common with the original Fort Utah. The fencing and towers were representative of forts that were built along the Great Plains and not of the original fort built by the settlers of Provo. A historical marker located along the Provo River Trail about a mile to the west indicates the actual location of the original Fort Utah. After the original fort was abandoned, a second fort was constructed near the site of the Pioneer Village and Museum at North Park.
The great news is that residents and visitors of Provo can witness a much more historically correct representation of early Provo by visiting the Provo Pioneer Village and Museum located at North Park (500 West 600 North). Cabins similar to those in the original fort have been placed there along with tools and other historically accurate items of the era. These historical services are provided and managed by the Sons and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
Removal of these hazards will eliminate some very serious safety concerns, allow more space for other park uses and improve parking and safety. Work will commence on this project during the winter months. I’ll post more details and pictures on my blog during the demolition, so stay tuned for more details.