Historic Fort Sanford - Panguitch, UT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The Snowdog
N 37° 56.500 W 112° 25.375
12S E 374969 N 4200297
This D.U.P. Marker is on the east side of Highway 89, just north of Sanford Creek Road - north of Panguitch, Utah.
Waymark Code: WM178M5
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 01/02/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member JacobBarlow
Views: 3

This D.U.P. Marker is on the east side of Highway 89, just north of Sanford Creek Road. There is plenty of room to pull over and park. The black metal marker is set in stone, with a black iron sign above. As this marker indicates, there is another Fort Sanford Marker about a mile to the east.
Marker Name: Historic Fort Sanford

Marker Number: 588

Marker Text:
Numerous fortifications were erected in Central and Southern Utah in 1865 and 1866 during the Black Hawk Indian War to protect small settlements against attack by bands of Ute, Paiute, and Navajo Indians. Most were built around the towns themselves, and generally by the local citizens, but Fort Sanford was unique in design, construction, and purpose.

By orders from the commanding officers of the Territorial Militia and the Iron Military District, Major Silas Sanford Smith was directed to raise a force of fifty well-armed men to help protect the settlements of Circleville and Panguitch and to construct a fortification near the confluence of Bear Creek and the Sevier River. This was a strategic location commanding the Ute Indian Trail as well as the north-south route taken by pioneer settlers traveling through the area and along the Old Spanish Trail. Each provided access to the western regions.

Although Fort Sanford was in operation for a relatively short period of time, it represented a unique chapter in the history of this area. This monument is a tribute to the soldiers who built the Fort and the pioneers it protected.

To learn more, turn east on Sanford Road and look for another marker.

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