A historic, antique Transcontinental Telegraph Pole is in Camp Floyd State Park in Fairfield, Utah. In 1861 Fairfield had a telegraph Station. The 1861 pole is from property of the Overland Telegraph Company in White Pine County, Nevada which in 1861 was part of the Utah Territory. It is is one of only 19 complete pole specimens still intact of the original 41,000 Telegraph Poles making it worth $15,000. Mr. Joseph Nardoni of Laguna Hills, California drove 1900 round trip to donate the pole.
Welcome to the new Friends of Camp Floyd website. We have a new President, Michael Helmantoler who is active in Utah historical organizations and Family History technology. His wife the former Sandra Kirkham is a descendant of 29 ancestors who lived in Fairfield during the Camp Floyd period. Other of her Utah pioneer ancestors were community leaders and merchants from Lehi, American Fork and Rush Valley.
Michael promises to expand our on-line presence. He is setting up Grassroots.org tools to find grants and donors. He is setting up e-commerce tools to enable membership signup with PayPal and credit/debit cards.
Michael is a member of the Civil War living history group, Soldiers Summit Grays where he portrays a Captian in the 2nd Missouri Calvary. He wears the butternut or tan uniform that was worn by the Confederates west of the Mississippi river, Another civil war relative Jas. W. Lucas of the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry USA was wounded in a Kentucky skirmish with William Quantrill's Raiders. William Quantrill was stationed at Camp Floyd.
From 1858 to the start of the Civil War there were up to 2,500 soldiers stationed at Camp Floyd. With Camp followers, Fairfield was the third largest city in Utah at that time Camp Floyd had great effect on local, state and national history.
Camp Floyd State Park has free outdoor Civil War Era family activities. On Memorial and Labor days there is a Civil War era encampment in the park. Children dress in Civil War era clothing and are inducted into Army Platoons and activities. An operating stagecoach is at Camp Floyd from Noon to 2pm. For entrance into the Commissary, Stage Coach Inn, and SchoolhouseThere is a $9 family fee or $3 per person fee.