Hurricane in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Hurricane Valley Historic Rock Fort and Corral
These first structures were built in the Hurricane Valley approximately forty years before families settled here. They were built by Toquerville cattlemen in the 1860s to protect their livestock from Indian depredations and wild animals. Cattle were held overnight in the rock corral. They had a guard at night and herders in the daytime.
The fort was built on this high knoll, with visual access to the total landscape and within sight of Toquerville. Made of volcanic rock, the fort measured 20 feet by 20 feet. Wood and brush were stored nearby and were to be ignited in the event of trouble. Upon seeing the signal of smoke and flames, armed horsemen from Toquerville could be here within half hour.
In the mid-1860s, two
"Tommy Willis was a mischievous youngster, and one night he set fire to the brush and wood. Of course every man who could see the fire saddled his horse and rode for all he was worth to fight the Indians and save the cattle. I can see Brother Bishop Willis, now when he found out it was a prank of his son Tom's, and can hear him say, "Thomas, I am ashamed of you."
Young Tom learned two things: one, cattlemen could indeed get over from Toquerville in a hurry; and two, false alarms didn't amuse them.
The site for this restoration project was donated to the City of Hurricane by Lane Blackmore, who also made his heavy equipment available
The restoration work on the Historic Rock Fort and Corral was carried out by the Hurricane Valley Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.
Roland Hall served as project supervisor. Numerous volunteers included S.U.P. Chapter members, Boy Scouts of America, Cross Creek Manor boys, Americorps workers, and others who contributed many hours of labor in the construction of the rock retaining walls, the restoration of the Fort, and the development of the mini-park on top.
Erected 2002 by the Hurricane Valley Heritage Park and Museum Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 11.363′ N, 113° 17.377′ W. Marker is in Hurricane, Utah, in Washington County. Marker is on North 100 West 0.4 miles north of West 650 North, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hurricane UT 84737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Southern Exploring Company - 1849 (approx. half a mile away); Hurricane Canal (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Historic Dixie-Long Valley, Utah Pioneer Trail (approx. ¾ mile away); The Historic Hurricane Canal (approx. Convict Camp and Wagon Road (approx. ¾ mile away); Pioneer Bowery (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named The Historic Hurricane Canal (approx. 0.8 miles away); Birth of Hurricane (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurricane.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 571 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.