Orig­i­nal cabin fea­tured in­side Payson’s DUP Mu­seum

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ja­neene White­lock & Cyn­thia Pea­cock

Mu­se­ums hold a fas­ci­a­tion for peo­ple of all ages. Ev­ery­one en­joys go­ing to mu­se­ums and look­ing at all the dif­fer­ent items they see there. For this rea­son, we find mu­se­ums of all kinds and sizes. One of the smaller mu­se­ums is the mu­seum in Payson (in­side the Payson Civic Cen­ter, 400 W. Utah Ave.) that is run by the Daugh­ters of the Utah Pi­o­neers.

The mu­seum serves to help keep alive the mem­ory of the early pi­o­neers that set­tled Payson.

In 1979 when Payson was in the process of turn­ing the old hos­pi­tal into a civic cen­ter, the DUP was pro­vided space. All the DUP camps helped raise the nec­es­sary money for the mu­seum project.

One of the unique fea­tures of this mu­seum was to have an orig­i­nal pi­o­neer cabin built in­side it. A log cabin had been do­nated to the DUP by the Mar­ion and Sylvia Black fam­ily. This cabin had orig­i­nally been lo­cated on land that be­longed to David Crocket, who was the first mayor of Payson. It is not cer­tain whether the cabin had be­longed to him or some­one else.

Much time was put into mov­ing the cabin from where it stood to the new lo­ca­tion. The cabin had to be taken apart and com­pletely re­built where it was to stand in the mu­seum. Ev­ery ef­fort was made to keep the cabin as au­then­tic as pos­si­ble dur­ing this re­con­struc­tion. Next to the cabin, a mu­ral was painted show­ing what the scenery was like at the time the cabin was built.

This cabin is equipped with fur­ni­ture made by the first set­tlers and me­men­tos brought from their for­mer homes.

As ded­i­ca­tion time drew near, many of the DUP mem­bers la­bored many days col­lect­ing, restor­ing and ar­rang­ing the items. Since then, many more items have been do­nated for the mu­seum. Many of the items are very in­ter­est­ing and un­usual. Come visit the mu­seum at the Payson Civic Cen­ter and see this unique cabin. Call 801-465-2044 to sched­ule your tour.

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