Minutes of the December 3, 2015 Meeting

Attendance: Mike Helmantoler, Russ Felt, Mark Trotter, Roger Blomquist, Margaret Buttars

We made money from the sales of the “Frog Town” books. Pam Carson has more information to add to the books. We will see if Brad can add the information for us.

Sean Winters has property south and west of the commissary. This is the property we want to buy for the new visitors center. Russ is going to talk to Sean about the property.

Mark Trotter is working on a proposal to give to the County Tax Board for $200,000 for a visitors / museum center.

Mark is going to contact Senator Mark Madsen about what he needs to put in the proposal. Senator Madsen is sponsoring a bill to help us get money for the new visitors center.

Sheila McKinney has about 10 acres just east of the Commissary, we would like to be able to include with Camp Floyd. We want to ask the church to donate several acres of their land to the McKinney family in exchange for their property.

Roger Blomquist Ph.D is our Property Manager of Site Development. We are very happy to have his help. The movie that is shown at the commissary was made by Roger, he said the the Alpine School District has bought the film to give the all the Utah Junior High Schools.

Minutes of November 5, 2015 Meeting

Attending: Michael Helmantoler, Brad Gurney, Russ Felt, Woneva Meyers, and Roger Blomquist.

Woneva Meyers shared photos and history of the Camp Floyd Electric Company. She is very knowledgeable about the properties around old Camp Floyd.

Brad Gurney discussed the history of the “mystery streets” that run through Fairfield that were deeded to the Town by the Federal government when it was incorporated.

Russ Felt discussed the strategy for approaching the targeted 10 acres for the visitor center proposal.

Michael Helmantoler is filing the Federal and State annual tax and registration forms.

Roger Blomquist who has a lot of Camp Floyd and Fairfield historical connections . He produced the TV Documentary that plays in the Commissary /Museum, joined the group. Roger volunteered to prepare the visitor center proposal and to be involved as the project proposal.

We meet again on December 3, 2015 at 7 PM to work on the proposal.

Minutes of October 1, 2015 Meeting

Attending: Michael Helmantoler, Brad Gurney and Margaret Buttars

We are waiting for the easement on the Kofford land to put the sign on, There needs to be a survey and legal description filed with the county.

We need a 10 acre lot on the old Camp Floyd property from the McKinney to build a 1860 period style visitors center, museum, town hall, police office.

Michael made a 400 person outline of the descendants of Camp Floyd Blacksmith Abraham Close Hodge from FamilySearch.org. Similar outlines can be generated of the other civilian families in the 1860 Camp Floyd Census. These charts have email addresses that can be used to contact living descendants. They may want to contribute to our land acquisition project

Eagle Mountain is expanding between Fairfield and Cedar Fort. The land expansion is coming, we need to preserve the property around Fairfield before it is gone.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 5th. Everyone is needed. We are launching our visitor center project by writing a proposal to submit to raise a million dollars.

New  Visitor Center Complex

The Friends of Camp Floyd and Fairfield town and the Camp Floyd Stage Coach Inn State Park are preparing a fund raising proposal to build a new historic looking complex on the site of old Camp Floyd.

The project is raising funds for the construction of a multi-tenant, Camp Floyd period looking visitor’s center.  Phase one is raising $150,000 to acquire about ten acres of empty land on the site of Camp Floyd.  A project manager will be obtained to prepare and manage a professional proposal to government and private funding sources.

The monthly meetings on the first Thursday of the month in 2016 will be focused on this projects.  This page on the website will be updated as the  proposal is developed.  We welcome interested parties to join our Google+ site

Minutes of the September 8, 2015 Meeting


Present: Mike Helmantoler, Brad Gurney, Russ Felt, Margaret Buttars

Russ Felt found out that there is an old passenger train car in a shed behind the Moorehouse home. It use to run from Fairfield to Mercur. There is also a shed behind Vern Carsons home that has names engraved on the walls inside. It would be nice if we could find a place to display them.

Bill Wheeler has a cannon that he used to shoot at the Fort Bridger celebration on Labor day. He has decided to do his demonstrations at Fairfield from now on.

We have decided to try to raise money to build a building on the property behind the commissary. To accomplish this we need to write a plan for Phase One.
Phase One: Write a propasal to present to investers. We would need to acquire money and property. the property would hopefully be Shelia Mickinny’s, it is directly south of the Commissary We would need to hire a Project Manager to help raise the money and to take care of the business end.

The Second Phase would be to build a museum, city office space for Fairfield and police officers and a parking lot east of the building. . There would be donations from the town of Fairfield, the State Park, Historical Society and hopefully others. The cost would be around $600,000. The building should look like the period.

Next meeting we will work on Phase One. We will write to proposal to present to the state, Alpine School District and other investers . In writing this proposal we need to express why it is important to preserve Camp Floyd.

Next Meeting: October 1, 2015 (We have moved our meeting back to the original date..The first Thursday of the month.) in the Archives building in Lehi.

Minutes of August 6. 2015 Meeting


Conducting: Mike Helmantoler
Present: Lynn Carson, Pam Carson, Brad Gurney, Margaret Buttars,
Chuck Mood.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Beginning in September 2015 the monthly Friends meeting will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month instead of the first Thursday of the month

John Haws will not be moving the Archives to a new location for another year. It will be south of the library in one of the older homes. He will have more for his awesome collection.

The Carson Family Society meeting attracted 50 members to the pavilion at Camp Floyd the their website has a walking tour of Fairfield

Next reunion will be on Saturday July 16, 2016

We are going to start collecting stories of Fairfield to write another booklet. It will cover from about 1859 to 1861. Brad will let us use his copy machine to put everything in an OCR format.

Our Labor Day weekend will be basically the same as Memorial Day.

There will be a new flag pole erected by the commissary. It will be about 90’ and similar to the one the army put up. There will be a ceremony for the flag rising in November.

The state is going to put in a camp ground near the cemetery. If it is successful they will expand it.

Cree L Kofford will give permission to put up our sign on his property

Labor Day Celebration will be Sept. 5 – 7. There will be no fireworks this year.

Next meeting: Sept. 8, 2015 7 P M Lehi Archives Building

Minutes of the July 9, 2015 Meeting

Minutes of the July 9, 2015 Friends of Camp Floyd Meeting

Conducting: Michael Helmantoler
Present: Russ Felt, Chuck Mood, Connie Beck

1. Preparations for the Labor day activities – Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM , Michael, Russ and Chuck will be in the living history area. We will re-invite the Pony Express entertainers. The Living History enactors will have the usual tents and exhibits. The town is working on a possible large fireworks display for Saturday night. On Monday September 7, Labor Day, Michael and the Pony Express entertainers will be participating in the Lehi Heritage Day event at Wines Park from 2 to 6 PM.

The Carson family Reunion will occur at noon on July 18 in the State Park pavilion.Contact Lynn and Pam Carson at pamcarsonATgmail.com. Everyone is invited. Bring your own lunch. Pam and Lynn’s book on Frogtowwn is for sale at the reunion, in the park commisarry and are also for sale on-line at http://www.swiftprintingonline.com/books/products/

2. Signage planned by the Town of Fairfield – Brad will check out the feasibility of placing the sign om the Friends of Camp Floyd lot near the edge of the Palmer property and Kofford property about 15 feet in from the road shoulder. Michael has two finished 8’x8′ grey flannel covered metal frame flats that could be used as a prototype sign for promoting Labor day activities.

3. Property acquisition activities – The park has acquired a new replica 1841 Mississippi rife used at Camp Floyd. Russ offered to help to acquire more weapons to complete the collection. Contacts have been made by the park and friends with adjacent property owners about sale and/donation of land for historic preservation.

4. Additional living history days – The enactors are requesting additional events on non-traditional holidays. We discussed a Saturday November 7th or 14th date for the dedication of the new 90′ replica flag pole acquired by the park. These are weekends surrounding Veterans day on Wednesday. This would be a military color gaurd event that would have appeal to the public and could be an annual event as well as become a part of the Memorial Day and Labor Day events.

5. Nominations and elections – Nominations,including self nominations. are open for board elections. If another meeting date would allow more volunteer participation that can be open for vote on our Google Plus tool.

Next Meeting August 6, 2015 at 7 PM at Lehi Historical Archives 2100 N Lehi, UT. Brad Gurney will conduct the meeting.

Some Objections To Fairfield Prison Site By Russell Felt

The following points were submitted to the commission via their form.

1.       There cannot possibly be the availability of water adequate for Prison needs.  What is the State projecting those needs to be?  There would be the need of deep large wells and that would cause significant problems for people in the Valley who rely on wells.  An example is what Saratoga wells on the Eastside of the Jordan River have done to wells of people in that area.  When I built in Lehi on the Westside many years ago, I needed a well.  State water resources were even to the point of rude saying there was not adequate water.  They approved the well saying I was the last.  That was years ago and many, many wells have since been approved and drilled including some 24 inch wells and they have created problems for people who rely on their wells.  What studies have been done regarding water resources in Cedar Valley ?

 2.       There is no infrastructure for a prison.  Highways are not adequate.  Power would have to be expanded.  There are no health facilities in the Valley.  There is no close availability to Food suppliers.  There are no air traffic facilities nearby.  There are no sewage treatment facilities.  What would the projected costs for taxpayers for these and other needs? 

 Note:  when prisoners are transported to Utah by air, there would then be the need to transport them 60 miles, one way.  Also, there are frequent inmate legal hearings.  There would be the need to transport them back and forth to Salt Lake . 

 3.       In an ecclesiastical setting I was frequently questioned, by phone, where inmates’ families could find lodging to visit family members at Point of the Mountain.  There is great potential for inmate legal action due to inability to be close to family members.  There are no accommodations in Cedar Valley for family stays.

 4.       Camp Floyd State Park purchased a small parcel of land and was prevented from any development until rigorous arsenic studies had been completed.  The study for two acres was expensive and took considerable time to complete.  The arsenic had apparently leached from nearby mountain mining concerns.  There would be considerable expense and time to do those studies for something as large as a prison.  And the possibility of lawsuits by inmates highly likely.

 5.       It seems probable that Fairfield area is a possible site because it is small in population and therefore fewer objections would be raised. That would not be fair.

 6.       Near the airport in Salt Lake would solve long travel issues and would put inmates closer to where they would need to be for hearings and trials and for family access.

Prison Relocation and Historic Preservation

From the Deseret News Letters to the Editor July 7. 2015

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Section 106, could be applied to the potential prison relocation site in Fairfield, next to Camp Floyd Military Cemetery.

Section 106 states, “adverse effect occurs when a project may directly or indirectly diminish the integrity of an historic property, by altering any of the characteristics that qualify the property for national register inclusion.”

Much has been ignored by the Prison Relocation Commission in relation to Fairfield’s Civil War history and historic encampment. The prison would adversely affect and substantially impact the important historic property.

Woneva Myers


July 9 Friends of Camp Floyd Meeting

The meeting will be delayed to the second week of July because of the 4th of July holiday weekend. On July 9th we will meet in the usual Lehi City Historical Archives on 2100 North.

The minutes of the last few months had technical difficulties they were posted to the blog section of this website but did not get published. This was not noticed until July 7th. The blog page on the site has been fixed and renamed “Minutes”.

The July meeting agenda:
1. Discussion of the preparations for the Labor day activities
2. Signage planned by the Town of Fairfield
3. Property acquisition activities
4. Additional living history days
5. Nominations and elections

Meeting Minutes April 2, 2015

We had a working meeting on the Frogtown Walking Tour book. Pam Carson is editing descriptions and the group clarified directions from one  place to another.

The Soldiers Poetry book is in final editing and should be ready with the Frogtown book for Memorial Day.

The Sons of Confederate  Veterans will participate in uniform on Memorial Day.

The historic Fairfield Google Map is having issues  with the number of  pins.  We will have  to reduce the pins to half the potential 116 places.

Next Friends of Camp Floyd and Fairfield Utah Historical Society meeting will be conducted by Brad Gurney at the regular Lehi City Historical Archives building on May 7, 2015.

Help us out by researching your earliest ancestors and the meaning of their names.