How the Pioneer Museum Helps Visitors of All Ages Learn About Tooele’s Rich History

The Tooele Pioneer Museum has sizable galleries that contain photographs, artifacts, writings and tools that originated in the 19th century. At the museum, guests can learn about the activities of the early settlers, and visitors will study the techniques that were used to manufacture goods, to travel, to cook food and to obtain clean water.

Tooele Pioneer Museum Entrance

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The Journey

In 1847, a group of Mormon pioneers traversed the country and settled near the Great Basin. During 1849, several families traveled to Tooele. The first railroad in the region wasn’t constructed until 1908, so early settlers commonly used covered wagons. The Tooele Pioneer Museum has several wagons that are exact replicas of those that were utilized by some pioneers, and tour guides can provide information about the designs of the axles, the main frame and the interior of the wagon.

Pioneers Photos Posted on the Wall

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The museum contains numerous pictures that show early settlers, the first buildings and the first telegraph poles. In the photographs, some pioneers are wearing stylish suits and top hats that were key components of a typical wardrobe in the 19th century. Furthermore, several photos contain the horses that pulled the wagons across the country.

Telegraph Key

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Writings and Memoirs 

By reading the journals of early settlers, you can find out about Tooele’s atmosphere and the daily lives of the pioneers. Furthermore, some diaries catalog numerous events that occurred during the journey.

Tooele Historic Jail

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Model Cabins

In 1855, the first permanent structure in the city was built by Andrew Gowans and Hugh Gowans. The cabin is located on Main Street and still stands in 2014. At the museum, guests can learn about the strong windows of the cabin, the materials that were used to construct the foundation, the configuration of the chimney and the types of locks that were installed.

Artifacts - Native Americans

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Native Americans 

According to recent studies, the area that now constitutes Tooele was utilized for more than 1,000 years by the native people. The Tooele Pioneer Museum contains artifacts of the Native Americans that were found recently, and visitors will learn about the traditions of the native people.


Don’t be shy to ask for a personal tour of the museum guided by the keepers of the helm!

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail 

With a length of 280 miles, this route was used by settlers who wanted to travel to Salt Lake City, Tooele and Farmington. Moreover, the trail provides easy access to the southern part of Idaho. At the Tooele Pioneer Museum, guests will find out information about the numerous small settlements that were positioned near the trail.

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