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Camp Floyd Days bring history to life

The 4th Texas Company I fires a volley for visitors. Camp Floyd Days celebrates the history associated with Johnston's Army.
The 4th Texas Company I fires a volley for visitors. Camp Floyd Days celebrates the history associated with Johnston's Army.
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret Morning News

FAIRFIELD — Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park officials and the Utah Civil War Association will be bringing the history of Camp Floyd to life with re-enactors, encampments, storytelling, stagecoach rides on Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon to 5 p.m. at the state park in Cedar Valley.

Camp Floyd Days celebrates the history associated with Johnston's Army and the influence it had on Utah and Civil War history. Established in 1858, Camp Floyd was the largest military installation then in the United States. The Army was sent to Utah to put down a so-called "Mormon Rebellion," which never took place. The Army was recalled in 1861 because of the outbreak of the Civil War.

Activities for the free event will be as follows:

noon: Ceremonies and infantry drill demonstration

1 p.m.: Storytelling

2 p.m.: Infantry and artillery skirmish/medical demonstration

3 p.m.: Stagecoach rides, duel, medical demonstration, infantry demonstration

4 p.m.: Camp life, infantry and artillery skirmish

The public is invited. Admission fees to the Camp Floyd museum/Stagecoach Inn still apply at $2 per person or $6 per family (up to eight people). Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park is located 22 miles southwest of Lehi on Highway 73. Call 801-768-8932 for more information.