Dispatched army troops of 3,500 soldiers arrived and set up Camp Floyd in Fairview Utah. Now a museum of artifacts restored historic buildings and more. Come explore and even participate in activities and events.
Camp Floyd was established when a dispatched troop of 3,500 soldiers was sent to Utah by the U.S. government. The camp was named to honor John Floyd, who was the secretary of war. It became the largest military installation in the U.S at that time. Sending the troops to Utah territory was a strategy to divert the attention from the issue of slavery. In 1861, the army left for the Civil War ending the need for the camp. All of the buildings at the camp were dismantled except for the Commissary building and the inn. The Commissary building served as a store for military equipment and was sold to the Beardall family. Today, it is now part of the camp fold museum. Another historical building of camp Floyd camp is the Stage Coach Inn. It was the first stop south of Salt Lake along the pony express route.
The park is located in Fairfield, Utah, about 50 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. Drive onto Interstate 15 and take exit 279, and ontinue west onto Highway 73. Children under 5 can enter for free. There are discounts available for groups, families, and senior citizens. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Guest can explore the visitor center, museum, historic buildings and walk the grounds of the cemetery. There are also restrooms and picnic tables available. Camp Floyd hosts various special events such as star parties, campfire stories, artisan days festival, lantern tours, days of cowboy activities, paranormal hunts, military appreciation days, and more.