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Fort Douglas was built to guard Salt Lake city in 1862, the fort was meant to overlook Salt lake city mail route and telegraph lines and was build by Colonel. Patrick E. Connor. The fort is today a national historic landmark and houses a museum, the historic stone buildings around the fort are a post office, stables, chapel, barracks, and quarters, and an 1863 cemetery. Many paranormal events and stories have been linked to the old fort in the past and present. A the museum entrance there is an outdoor cannon and tank park. Visitors can tour Fort Douglas museum for free, Tuesday through Saturday.

Things to Do

  • Fort Douglas is a historic site, much of the buildings are now part of University of Utah, Fort Douglas museum is open to self-guided tours.
  • The museum building is an original 19th century barrack built of Red Butte sandstone, the original parade grounds are right in the front of the museum.
  • The outdoor exhibit features cannons, tanks, and military vehicles and helicopters.
  • The indoor exhibit features military uniforms, equipment, weapons from the 19th century till present, featuring equipment used in the world war II.
  • Visit the museum gift shop for history books, replicas of medals, military memorabilia and more.
  • The Utah Fallen Warrior Memorial Wall is a new addition to the museum.

Fort Douglas Insider Tips

  • Call to make reservations for docent-led tours.
  • Free parking is available.

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