Original cabin featured inside Payson’s DUP Museum
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.