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Ft Douglas is no longer an operating fort. First opened in 1863 by the California Volunteers who wanted to fight in the Civil War and led by Col. Patrick Conner, Ft Douglas was the second fort built by the U.S. Army in the Utah Territory. (Camp Floyd being the first). At its height in WWII Ft Douglas was a major induction and staging base.
Given slowly piece by piece to the University of Utah and other public and private entities the final decommission took place 1991.

The Ft Douglas museum is seeking to keep alive the memory of the many years of service and other military history of Utah.
Entrance is free, parking is free.

Behind the museum is an artillery collection.

Though the fort is no longer a working military base, the historic Officers Quarters, built a century ago from the red sandstone of Red Butte, and parade ground are still there and continue to be used as the headquarters of the 96th Army Reserve Command and as a base of operation for U.S. Navy and Marine Reserves and are quite interesting to see.

Directions: Just off Foothill Boulevard east of the University of Utah

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  • Updated Jul 7, 2010
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