Fort Duchesne

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Fort Duchesne (1886-1912) - First established in 1886 by Major Frederick W. Benteen, at the direction of General George Crook, with two troops of the 9th U.S. Cavalry and four companies of infantry. Named in September 1887. Abandoned in 1912.


Established to contain an outbreak of hostilities amongst the Ute Indians.

The post was six square miles with buildings of adobe brick that included officers quarters, enlisted quarters, a commissary, a storehouse, and a hospital. Originally garrisoned with two troops of cavalry and four companies of infantry.

The need for the post diminished and in 1893 the four infantry companies were removed to Fort Douglas (1) in Salt Lake City. On 13 Sep 1912 the last troop of Cavalry, Troop M, 1st U.S. Cavalry, left for Fort Boise (1), Idaho and the post was given over to the Indian Service.

Fort Duchesne Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1898-05 1898-10  Maj. Godfrey, Edward S. 2208
1899-11 1900-01  Capt. Read, George W. 3008
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The Cullum Number is the graduation order from the United States Military Academy by year and class rank and links to a page for the officer on the website version of the Cullum Register. Listings without a Cullum Number indicate that the person was not a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

Current Status

Remnants of the fort still exist.

Location: Fort Duchesne, Uintah County, Utah.

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.2563494 Long: -109.8532007

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  • Elevation: 4,990'


  • Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 788
  • Wikipedia - Fort Duchesne
  • Gary Lee Walker research on Fort Duchesne, Utah: A collection of research materials on Fort Duchesne and Thornburgh, Utah, including maps, articles, microfilms, blueprints, microfiche, photographs, correspondence, official documents, and local histories. The material documents the rise and fall of the forts and has been mostly copied from documents in the National Archives. Collection completed in 2006 by Gary Lee Walker. Located at L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository, Brigham Young University, Provo Utah 84602 United States.

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