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History and Heritage—Something Old, Something New

Although Utah Valley is a new experience for many of our visitors, the area has a rich, deep and diverse history. Originally home to Native Americans, Utah Valley has also been the destination of Spanish explorers, mountain men and trappers, and pioneers emigrating to the West. Most of Utah’s communities, and many of its historical and cultural attractions-- are at least 150 years old and have continued to preserve and honor the past as they look to the future.

Be the latest adventurer to “discover” Utah Valley!

Interested in geology, Native American culture, or pioneer lore? There are many local Utah museums or historical sites where you can learn something new about your favorite hobby or historical passion. Are you a military history buff? Then take in Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum, located in Fairfield, Utah, which was once home to 3,500 troops, nearly one-third of the entire U.S. Army at that time. The troops were brought to Camp Floyd to respond to unfounded rumors of a rebellion in Utah. The troops remained at the site until 1851. Today, Camp Floyd features a museum including interactive, hands-on experiences providing an up-close look at 1800s military life.

Be sure to take a self-guided tour of historic architecture in Provo Utah and discover the rich heritage left by pioneers and the formation of Brigham Young University.

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