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“Just a place to walk around after dinner. I” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bluff Fort Historic Site

Bluff Fort Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Bluff
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Surprise, Arizona
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83 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Just a place to walk around after dinner. I”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

It was interesting to learn more about the Mormons. It was actually closed, but as we were walking around the "historic" block, there was an opening into the fenced area...so we just walked thru the "fort".

Visited August 2012
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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“Historical Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

Loved the historical presevation and ability to walk around on a Sunday een though they were closed. Left donation and name sign in

Visited August 2012
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Price, Utah
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“Recreationist history of Mormon settlement”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012 via mobile

Have been watching this evolve during my trips to Bluff. It was originally envisioned as a place where the Indian, Mormon, and cowboy histories could be interpreted. New leadership among the volunteers who are reestablishing the Mormon's fort shifted the emphasis to the achievements of the LDS church; Indians and other non-Mormons got dropped. The fort seems to be a good example of the enthusiastic efforts of locals to celebrate the parts of their past that serves the present. I guess they could be considered history Bluffs!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“History reconstructed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

The visitors centre is very informative, but the cabins in the fort are mostly reproductions, and lack any authenticity. They look like rather new and chunky garden sheds all of the same one room design with what appears to be a modern fireplace. The only original cabin it seems, is covered by a canopy to protect its fragile state. The residents are obviously proud of their heritage and the story of how the original settlers arrived is interesting but obviously takes no account of the original owners point of view. The place is worth a stop off though.

Visited August 2012
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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“Interesting site!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

We came into Bluff for the Huff to Bluff Marathion from Blanding to Bluff, on May 19th. The finisher area was going to be on the premises of historic Bluff Fort, so we went to check it out the day we arrived, the night before the marathon. This is extremely well done: a collection of Mormon pioneers/settlers' cabins in the area, one historic old cabin, the rest of them replicas, but nicely made, with furniture of the era. There are also some old wagons with it, a memorial giving the names of the original settler as well as other stuff. There's a visitor center with it. The place is right on main street going through town, so you can't possible miss it. If you pass through Bluff anyway, have a look. It's done simply, but attractively, without any of the often found faux, kitschy pseudo-athenticity annoyingly attempted at other 'historic' sites in an effort tio atract the masses.
We were staying right across Bluff Fort at the Cadillac Ranch RV Park -which is not listed on TA, which is why I'm going to do it here, since we were so favorably impressed. The lady at registration was very understanding and accommodating when we asked if we could possibly stay a bit longer than the usual check-out time of 11 a.m. since I for one will probably not be in by that time. We offered to pay a bit more for this, but she said this was fine, no trouble, to take all the time we needed, to make sure we showered afterwards, and she gave us a pull-through which was not reserved for the night after so we could stay longer. How nice! We got full hook-ups and free wifi for 27 bucks. The spaces are on gravel, but there are loads of trees around the perimeter of the fairly small RV Park. The building with the restrooms and showers was spotlessly clean, and each restroom was a large space with a shower, so you could lock the whole room and had enough space to leave your clothes and towel and stuff. If you travel by RV or with a tent, this place is most highly recommendable.

Visited May 2012
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