Daughters of the Utah Pioneers request move of historic cabin
By Sally H.N. Wright
According to Marva Frost, DUP president, the Knudsen cabin was built in 1855 and stood in its original location at 100 E. 100 South St. in Brigham City until 929, when it was moved to Pioneer Park.
"At that time, Pioneer Park was on the fringe of town and was an isolated place," Frost said. "It's not longer isolated, but very, very busy. Pioneer Park is a place for sporting events, swimming events and family gatherings. We are concerned about the cabin.
"Kids have climbed over the fence and crawled underneath it. We have found trash, shoes, (and) towels there. A few years ago, it was broken into, and there's little parking in the area, especially during the summer, even for the DUP volunteer who needs to give tours," she said.
Frost and other DUP members present at the city council meeting said they believe a spot in the northeast corner of Brigham Young Park would better suit the cabin, because the DUP museum is nearby in the basement of the Brigham City Community Center.
"Moving the cabin there would be keeping with the heritage of the park," Frost said. "Brigham Young gave his last address there."
Council member Richard Felt said he was concerned not all members of the DUP approved of the possible move, and pointed out a spot in Brigham Young Park would not make the cabin immune to vandalism. Felt said he did not want to see a chain-link fence built around the cabin at Brigham Young Park, because it would detract from the park's environment.
Frost said she believed a majority of the DUP members approved of moving the cabin, and the organization had the money and manpower to move it without and financial help from the city.
Council members unanimously approved a motion to allow the DUP to move the cabin, provided they would not request a chain-link fence to protect it, and the Brigham City planning commission approved the move.