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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
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.
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.
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