log houses were built fort-style at the western base of the hill, the
crest of which now supports the microwave television and other electronic
communications equipment serving the Cedar City area. The settlement
was given the name of Fort Cedar because of the abundance of trees which
were called "cedar" trees, although technically they are junipers.
The boxes from
the wagons were removed and used for temporary shelters while small
log homes were constructed from the trunks and large limbs of cottonwood
trees as well as float material found along the creek bottoms several
miles to the west. As the log houses were completed, families were brought
from Parowan. In the meantime, the wagon boxes served as a temporary
fort. Later, a site for the fort was selected nearer the proposed blast
furnace, at the present city park, which was to have been a "company
town" but was not developed.