Miles Goodyear Cabin

The Miles Goodyear Cabin is a historic building in Ogden, Utah, built by trapper and trader Miles Goodyear on the Weber River in 1845, and is the first permanent European settlement in Weber County, Utah. It is the oldest building in the state of Utah not built by Native Americans. The cabin is constructed of sawn cottonwood logs, measuring roughly 14.33 feet (4.37 m) by 17.75 feet (5.41 m).[2]

Goodyear, Miles, Cabin
Goodyear Cabin Ogden Utah.jpeg
Miles Goodyear Cabin is located in Utah
Miles Goodyear Cabin
Miles Goodyear Cabin is located in the United States
Miles Goodyear Cabin
LocationTabernacle Sq., Ogden, Utah
Coordinates41°13′41″N 111°58′17″W / 41.22806°N 111.97139°W / 41.22806; -111.97139Coordinates: 41°13′41″N 111°58′17″W / 41.22806°N 111.97139°W / 41.22806; -111.97139
Area0 acres (0 ha)
Built1845 (1845)
Built byMiles Goodyear
NRHP reference No.71000866[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 24, 1971


The cabin was built in 1845 by Miles Goodyear at a location called Fort Buenaventura by him. The fort also included a stockade, garden, and fruit trees. In 1847 the fort was sold to Mormon settlers, along with livestock and the surrounding area for $1,950.[3] In the 1850s the cabin was sold and moved. It was moved several more times during the next 50 years to various locations along Washington Avenue in Ogden.

In 1919 it was donated to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and was displayed on a parade float. It was then moved to a location behind Fire Station #3 (also on Washington Avenue). In 1928 it was moved to Tabernacle Square next to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum.

The Goodyear Cabin was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[1] The submission paperwork notes that the roof is not original, and some of the logs were replaced after they had rotted.[2]

During 1994-95 the cabin was refurbished. It was dismantled, the logs were treated with a preservative, and it was reassembled. It was moved again in 2011, along with the museum to a lot on the corner of 21st and Lincoln Avenue, as part of the remodel of the Ogden Utah Temple.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Melvin T. (October 2, 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Miles Goodyear Cabin". National Park Service. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Miles Goodyear Cabin". Retrieved 2 January 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Miles Goodyear Cabin at Wikimedia Commons