Old Fort and Hoyt Grist Mill
This monument is near the site of the
old fort, 300 ft. so. west of here. It was on
old emigrant trail. Route also used by
overland stage and part of Johnston’s
army going east in 1861, to participate in
the Civil War. The fort was built during
the Black Hawk War in 1866, on advice of
Pres. Brigham Young to Bishop Winters.
25 families moved their log cabins there.
Centrally located it provided protection
for families, livestock and grist mill.
The mill was the first in this county.
Built in 1862 by Samuel P. Hoyt.