WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
FORT CLARA (aka FORT SANTA CLARA)
Santa Clara, Utah
LOCATIONJust 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
DESCRIPTIONA 100-foot square adobe fort. (stone?)
HISTORYBuilt 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.
Sketch of Fort Clara as it might have appeared in 1856-1861