Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, Cedar City

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Frontier Homestead State Park Museum is state park and museum of Utah, USA, located in Cedar City. The museum was opened to the public in 1980, originally named Iron Mission State Park for the pioneering attempts of Mormon settlers to create an iron industry. The museum name was changed in 2009, as the park grew and expanded around Gronway Parry's collection of horse-drawn vehicles and agricultural implements. Over the years other programs and activities have been added such as pioneer craft demonstrations, rotating art exhibits, interpretive lectures, guided curation tours, and a Junior Curator program.Museum displays include horse-drawn vehicles used from 1850 to 1920 and a collection of pioneer artifacts. An iron industry exhibit features the only known remaining artifact from the original foundry - the town bell. Other items of interest include several historic cabins, a large collection of horse-drawn farm equipment, and a replicated pioneer household.Frontier Homestead also manages the historic ruins of Old Iron Town, an iron foundry west of Cedar City that operated in the mid 19th century.HistoryLack of iron was a major concern to pioneers who began settling in Utah in 1847. When iron deposits were discovered in southern Utah, Mormon leader Brigham Young called for volunteers to colonize the area. A site near Coal Creek, now Cedar City, was selected in November 1851 for the iron works. Ten months later, the colony completed construction of a small blast furnace and began to operate the iron foundry. Despite its initial success, the 'Iron Mission' faced many difficulties. Financial troubles, floods, heavy freezes and furnace failure took their toll. In addition, a crop shortage threatened starvation. The people persevered in the face of these obstacles, but the foundry was eventually closed in 1858.
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  • August 3, 2017
    There was a nominal entrance fee ($5.00, I think; sorry, don't remember exactly). It was worth it. Lots of exhibits of old cars, wagons, pictures, barns, old houses, old clothing from Utah's earlier h...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    We stopped by the Frontier Museum after a visit to Cedar Breaks. It did not even seem like it was open but it was and we had the place to ourselves. What a great museum! Loads of activities, old farmi...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    One of the best museums of it's type that I've visited. Largest collection of original carriages and wagons that I've seen in one place. Native American, Paiute dwellings. Pioneer cabin, house and she...  more »
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  • April 27, 2017
    I grew up on the street depicted in the train set model. I was mesmerized by this model. It is very accurate. I remember when they were starting to build the museum they rode down our street in the stage coaches and gave my brothers and I a ride in the coach. Coll experience but my parents didn't know where we were and were a little concerned. Great Museum.
  • June 19, 2017
    I used to go to the Frontier Homestead State Park with my Grandad. I remember getting a wooden nickel. I recently returned- all the same vintage wagons, barbed wire and print shop, ...but so much more outside! A great place for kids and plenty of shade and inside activities if it's to hot or too cold outside.
  • June 29, 2017
    A little quirky place. If you enjoy history or if u just need to stop and stretch your feet
  • June 25, 2017
    Cool tourist stop. Interesting history of Southen Utah. Bryham Youngs alphabet exhibit and the sheep exhibit were the most interesting to me.
  • June 17, 2017
    Great displays and friendly Ranger's. Lots of local history of the Cedar City area.

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