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Fort Douglas War Museum and Cemetery TourMichelle Powell - October 27, 2010 at 12:00PM
The Ft Douglas War Museum is one of our favorite places to visit. The kids love wandering around the building looking at all of the artifacts. Located at 421 Chipeta Way in Salt Lake City, the museum and its surrounding buildings are just waiting to tell you their story. One of the surrounding barracks is said to be haunted by a ghost named "Clem". This Friday and Saturday, October 29th and 30th, from 5pm to 8pm both days, you will get the chance to tour the Fort Douglas Cemetery. Visit some of the more interesting citizens who are now resting in the Fort Douglas Cemetery. Listen to real stories of their former lives and how they found their way to such a captivating place. History will be told by actors in costume and will be suitable for all ages. You will even get a chance to hear about the real Museum Ghost named "Clem". CLICK HERE for more information on this event. Prices are as follows: $5 adults, $3 children, or $15 family. (The museum is always free of charge, but this specific event is a fundraiser for the Fort Douglas Museum). I can't think of any better way to learn the history of the people buried there than from hearing it from the "actual" people themselves! You do not have to pre-register, but if you like to, call (801) 581-1251. Established October 26, 1862, this was the home to U.S. Army troops until October 26, 1991 when the post was deactivated and most of it turned over to the University of Utah. CLICK HERE for more information the history of Ft Douglas. We especially liked the "Lost and Found" display. Enclosed in a case are items that visitors have found around the area from the early years of Fort Douglas. It is fun to look at the items and try to figure out what they are and what they were used for. Some of them are obvious, like a baseball and a set of keys, and others were not so obvious and required a lot more thought and imagination. It is fun to look at the items and wonder who they belonged to, and what that person's life was like as they walked the same ground you are standing on. We also enjoyed seeing many pictures of what Fort Douglas looked like when it first opened and was in operation. The buildings are similar to what they look like now, but the grounds and traffic are very different. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 to 5:00 PM Closed Sunday, Monday and Federal Holiday weekends. FREE ADMISSION! Fort Douglas grounds: Open to public at all times(except for active military areas). Located just east of the University of Utah Campus Drive. Look for the Parade Ground where the big flagpole is located. The museum is in the red sandstone buildings on the south side with the tanks.Read more from Michelle Powell at www.enjoyutah.org.