FAIRFIELD Soldiers at Camp Floyd State Park in Fairfield will be conducting a Junior Pony Express Rider program Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pony Express, which delivered mail from 1860-1861 had a mail and pony exchange at Camp Floyd. The program will be conducted throughout the day and is designed for kids. However, anyone is welcome to participate.
A workbook is included with the program, which contains several fun, interactive activities, such as finding artifacts in the museum, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks and more. Upon completion of the workbook, kids will be awarded an official Utah State Parks 50th Anniversary badge. They will also have the opportunity of tasting "hardtack," a common candy eaten by soldiers at Camp Floyd. The workbook, badge and hardtack are included with paid admission of $2 per person, or $6 per family.
Camp Floyd was established in 1858 to quell a so-called Mormon rebellion, which never took place. Soldiers were stationed here until they were recalled for the Civil War that began in 1861. Today, the park and museum tell the story of this historic event. Camp Floyd State Park is in Fairfield, 22 miles southwest of Lehi on Highway 73. For more information, contact the park at: 768-8932.