Fort Clara

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

FORT CLARA     (aka FORT SANTA CLARA)

Santa Clara, Utah

LOCATION

Just west of the Jacob Hamblin Home and a little east and south of the Santa Clara Cemetery. About one mile west of the present town site along the Santa Clara Creek.

37° 8' 20.23" North Latitude,   113° 39' 54.58" West Longitude
2,830 feet MSL


DESCRIPTION

A 100-foot square adobe fort. (stone?)


HISTORY

Built in the winter of 1855-1856.

When the Swiss Company of settlers arrived on November 28, 1861, there were already about 20 families living at or nearby the fort.

The fort and many other buildings, dam, and ditches were washed away by a flood on January 1, 1862.


PHOTOS

Fort Clara
Sketch of Fort Clara as it might have appeared in 1856-1861

WCHS photos:
WCHS-03709   Photo of the modern monument at the site of the old Fort Clara (aka Fort Santa Clara)
WCHS-03710   Photo of the modern sign at the location of the old Fort Clara (aka Fort Santa Clara)
WCHS-03711   Photo of the interpretive plaque at the site of the old Fort Clara (aka Fort Santa Clara)


REFERENCES

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