The Spirit of Fort Douglas

Original Airdate: 
February 2006

Nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains is Fort Douglas, a place that has reflected the history of our nation while it has forever changed the landscape of the Intermountain West. First a federal camp overlooking the valley settled by Mormon pioneers, Fort Douglas has served as a vital Union stronghold; a place where thousands of military heroes were recruited and trained; a prison for people who were feared as a threat to national security; and as a resting place for enemies and brothers alike.

Weakened after years of neglect and military downsizing, Fort Douglas has been revitalized by the University of Utah. Nearly 150 years after its founding, the fort hosted atheletes from around the world during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games.

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