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    Beaver County history dates back to 1776 when the Franciscan priests' search for a shorter route between missions passed through the area now enjoyed by thousands of travelers each year.  Father Escalante and Father Dominguez recording in their diary:  "We found everything convenient, it being necessary to go to the arroyo for water or to its meadows for pasture."
     The convenience, found by those priests more than 200 years ago, is still here.  Many historical sites have been preserved and maintained.  The Horn Silver Mine at Old Frisco was opened around 1800 and proved to be one of the richest mines in history. The ghost town of today offers and excellent day of exploration, adventure, and a reminder of a the boom past.
     The old Beaver County Court House with its classical architecture has been restored and now offers tours.  Beaver Historical Park, adjacent to the court-house features a statue of Philo T. Farnsworth, the father of television. 

-Philo T. Farnsworth

-Historic Beaver County Courthouse

The county has many other historical sites marked along its highways and byways, in addition to more than 100 homes listed on the national historic register.  Beaver County is also the birthplace of the infamous Butch Cassidy.


-A cabin at Cove Fort

Cove Fort, located just north of Beaver City near the junction of I-15 and 1-70, has recently been restored.  It is believed by many historians to be the most perfectly preserved pioneer fort in the west.  From 1867 - 1877, Cove Fort was a popular  way station and resting stop along the main route from Salt Lake City to the settlements in southern Utah and southern California.  The 18 foot high walls are built mostly of black volcanic rock and limestone. 

The fort is an impressive site, housing six rooms with period furnishings and artifacts.  Included in the restoration project were barns and other buildings including a working blacksmith shop.

Cove Fort is the second most visited Mormon historical site in Utah.  It is open daily for guided tours from 8:00 AM to dusk.  Tours are free.  Visit for more information.

If you travel west from Beaver City, you'll find a number of other resorts, hotels, timeshare resales, and campgrounds to choose from. Be sure to stop by the ghost towns in Western Beaver County including Frisco, a former mining town and a great place for rockhounding
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