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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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  • They have amazing displays here and many hands on activities outside. Love this museum. They have many events during the year too.  more »
  • I got here late in the afternoon, but still had enough time to soak in the local history of iron and of the city. I would have like to have seen more, but the clock was ticking. I had come from Nevada...  more »
  • This little museum is a gold mine of local culture. I remember the gentleman that was the originator of the collection, Gronway Perry. Well worth your time, and seldom a crowd.  more »
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  • Cedar City has a lot of cool history I had no idea about. And I don't know if that cat is always in the museum, but he sure was friendly. Also, our guide did a great job and gave a very interesting tour of some historic buildings.
  • Had a great time exploring this place. Lots to see and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Will be returning!
  • Tons of stuff to do. Great for kids and adults.
  • Worth the time.
  • I like historical sites and this one has some pretty interesting stuff. Great for kids and adults.