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Moyle House and Indian Tower

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Built  1858, 1917
Area  1 ha
NRHP Reference #  92001689
Added to NRHP  23 December 1992
Moyle House and Indian Tower
Location  606 E. 770 North, Alpine, Utah
Built by  Moyle,John Rowe; Moyle,Joseph E.
Architectural style  Mid 19th Century Revival, Bungalow/craftsman

The Moyle House and Indian Tower, located at 606 E. 770 North in Alpine, Utah, date from 1858. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The listing included two contributing buildings and one contributing structure on 2.5 acres (1.0 ha).

The house is expanded in 1859-1860 from a c.1858 dugout house. The tower built during 1860-1866 was built as a private fort for defense against Indians of the Black Hawk War of 1865-1868, and is the only such tower known to have been built for protection of a single household in Utah. These stone structures were built by English-born mason and Mormon, John Rowe Moyle. His son Joseph Moyle expanded the house in 1917, adding Bungalow/Craftsman elements. A dugout/food cellar also was built during c.1868-60. These three structures are included in the NRHP listing.

John Moyle also built a home for a second wife in a nearby property, not part of the NRHP listing.

See also Fort Deseret and Cove Fort, also NRHP-listed, also private forts.

References

Moyle House and Indian Tower Wikipedia


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