Imagine for a moment you’re a stagecoach driver steering his team across the Old Spanish Trail, or a pioneer woman crossing the plains in a covered wagon; or a steam shovel operator digging ore in an iron mine. Rather than imagine, why not experience all of this at Cedar City’s own Frontier Homestead State Park museum, where interactive displays and exhibits bring the early history of Cedar City and southern Utah to life.
You’re greeted at the museum entrance by a 250,000 pound steam shovel used in the early days of the iron mines. Go ahead and climb up into the monolith as well as the Union Pacific caboose located right next to the shovel. Inside the museum is a world of stage coaches and wagons. Hop into the Wells Fargo wagon for the perfect picture taking opportunity. Also, peruse the special art and history exhibits that change on a quarterly basis.
The back of the museum is the “Homestead”, with several preserved historic structures representing life of an early pioneer settlement. Here you can explore the Hunter House, Deseret School House, Sawmill, Blast Furnace, Sheep Shearing Shed and the Palisade. Each has a self-guided activity station for panning for gold, load a wagon, and write your name in the Deseret (Mormon) alphabet.
Frontier Homestead is a very affordable activity for families. Cost is only $4.00 per person and with the changing displays and activities, it worthy of many return visits.