Fort Field Graveyard (Defunct)

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Fort Field Graveyard (Defunct)

Location
North Geneva Road & Center Street
Provo, Utah County, Utah, 84601 USA
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In 1849, John Sommer Higbee was sent to Provo by Brigham Young to find a suitable place to settle a colony on the Provo River. Two weeks after his report, thirty-one families consisting of about fifty people made the three-day trip to the south side of the Provo River. On April 3rd of the same year, these settlers began a stockade known as Fort Utah, but was soon renamed Fort Field.

Eight people died that first year. Cemetery records disclose that George and Matilda Haws, Harriet Turner, William Dayton and Joseph Higbee were five of the eight. They were buried in the first Fort Field graveyard which was located on the Williams farm located on the West side of Geneva Road and Center Street in the neighborhood of "Lake View". There is a Daughters of Utah Pioneers Marker near these burial grounds.

This view is looking East from Geneva Rd. The "fort" in the background is not a replica of any specific fort.

There is no "cemetery", no bodies, no markers. Bodies were relocated ultimately to Provo City Cemetery established in 1853.

GPS Coordinates: 40.23543, -111.69437

  • Added: 31 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2386896