Fort Douglas and the Soldiers of the Wasatch

A Final Salute



Few western military posts have exerted a greater influence upon the society and economy of a sizable nearby community than has Fort Douglas. Only the most astute could have guessed that the desert soldiers from California would initiate a transformation in Mormon society and economy, surpassed in the nineteenth century only by the coming of the railroad with its swift possibilities in areas like mining and immigration, and perhaps the revolution in communication.

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