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Frontier Homestead State Park Museum – Cedar City, Utah

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Frontier Homestead State Park Museum – Cedar City, Utah

What used to be called Iron Mission State Park is now called Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.  Here you will learn the story of the development in Iron County when Brigham Young sent Mormon missionaries there to mine iron in the
1850’s.

Although there was iron ore discovered in the area which is why Cedar City was founded, to mine the iron ore to help build the area.  The community was founded in 1851.  The colony built a blast furnace and operated a iron foundry.  Although all was intially good there were difficulties that arose that lead to the mine closing in 1858.  The Frontier Homestead State Park was founded in 1973 to commemorate this effort.

The Frontier Homestead houses the Gronway Parry horse-drawn wagon collection which is comprised of wagons, buggies, sleighs and stagecoaches.  Just imagine having to travel everyplace at the speed these wagons could take you.  You will see a bullet-scarred stagecoach, let your imagination fly with how they got there!  You will see a replica Wells-Fargo Overland Stage, a classically luxurious Brougham, and a coach owned by Joseph F. Smith, former leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You will find carriages, surreys, horse-drawn farm machinery, a hearse, and even a “one horse open sleigh.”

You will also be able to see a pioneer cabin, a 19th century printing press, a 100 year old loom for rug weaving, you will hear the original 1850’s Cedar City town bell too.  There are also many hands on activiteis for you to participate in as you are there.  There are special programs including backroom curation tours, a Junior Curator kit for children, rotating art exhibits, and over 20 video presentations covering the history and natural wonders of Utah and the American Southwest.

Each November, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum celebrates the founding of Cedar City with the Iron Mission Days festival. Pioneer crafts and treats are available at the Museum’s Community Night held during this time. Special programs, school presentations, and guided walks of Cedar City’s Main Street are also held during this exciting festival.

The park covers 11 acres and is at an elevation of 5,800 ft.  There is no camping there, day use only.  The park is open year round for a day use fee of $3. 

You can tracel just 20 miles west of Cedar City and see the authentic historic ruins of a 19th century iron foundry at Old Iron Town.  You will want to stop at the museum first for a brochure and directions.

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Location:
635 North Main
Cedar City, UT 84720-1079
(435) 586-9290