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Mount Pleasant in Sanpete County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Mt. Pleasant Fort

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, June 15, 2014
1. Mt. Pleasant Fort Marker
Inscription. Mt. Pleasant, a small town nestled at the foot of the mountains in Sanpete County near the geographic center of Utah, was settled early in 1859. During June the men kept busy tending their crops and building a fort, twenty-six rods by twenty-six rods, enclosing about five and one-half acres of grounds between Main Street and First North and State Street and First East.
The wall was twelve feet high, four feet wide at the bottom tapering to two feet at the top, and constructed of native rock laid with lime mortar, according to specific instructions. Sixteen feet of the fort wall was allowed for each cabin built inside the fort; each had one porthole about seven feet from the ground. Water was obtained from Pleasant Creek, which passed almost parallel east and west through the center of the fort. Corrals for all the livestock were built to the north, just outside the fort, leaving a roadway between. Completed on July 18, 1859, the fort had the distinction of being the finest in Sanpete County.
The first break in the fort wall was made in 1878 to make room for the new, enlarged ZCMI store to be built in the southwest corner of the fort. The town had grown from about 800 to 1,200, but only a few families still lived inside the fort, then called the Tithing Yard.
 
Erected 1991 by Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 15, 2014
2. Mt. Pleasant Fort Marker
Camp , Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 457.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.831′ N, 111° 27.307′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, Utah, in Sanpete County. Marker is on North State Street north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant UT 84647, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Liberal Hall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Last Peace Treaty (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Stuart Seeley House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spring City (approx. 5.2 miles away); City Hall (approx. 5.2 miles away); Old Firehouse (approx. 5.2 miles away); Sandstrom's Pool and Dance Hall (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Mt. Pleasant Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 15, 2014
3. Mt. Pleasant Fort Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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