The cabin was erected in 1845, two years prior to the entrance of the Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley. It is the first permanent home built in Utah by a white man and was constructed by Miles Goodyear on what is known today as 28th Street and the Weber River. The area was the site of Fort Buenaventura which means "good venture or achievement of goal. While Goodyear was away on his many trapping and trading ventures, a man named Wells cared for the fort and livestock. The site also contained a garden that was irrigated by caring water in buckets from the Weber River. The cabin was moved from Fort Buenaventura to Brown’s Fort When the Mormon pioneers arrived in 1847, Goodyear began to feel Civilization closing in on him Negotiations was conducted for the sale of the fort and property. Captain James Brown had returned from California where he collected money for the services of some of the Mormon Battalion members Part of this money was used to purchase the Goodyear property. In addition to the fort, Goodyear claimed that he owned a "Mexican land grant" for property which today is about one half of Weber County. No proof has ever been found to support his claim. The deal was completed in November 1847.
James Brown and his family lived in the cabin only until 1850. Because of the Weber River over flowing its banks, Brown moved the cabin about a quarter of a mile to the southeast. It was then called Brown’s Fort. According to the biography of Minerva Pease Stone Shaw, "One cabin was later moved to Tabernacle Square."
In 1857 Amos Pease Stone purchased the cabin from Captain Brown and used it as a blacksmith shop. In 1860 Stone moved the cabin to Mill Creek where the old Phoenix Mills later stood and which is now on the east side of Washington Boulevard between 14th and l5th streets. In 1866 it was moved to 1342 Washington Boulevard. When Stone died in 1890, it became the possession of his widow, Sarah. Her daughter, Minerva Pease Stone Shaw, purchased the cabin from Sarah’s estate in 1896 and moved it to her residence at 1265 Washington where it remained until 1916.
Concerned about the cabin’s deterioration. Mrs. Minerva Shaw, in the 1920s, gave the cabin to Ogden City. The city moved the cabin again, this time to the lot in the rear of the fire Station on 9th Street and Washington. Minerva prized the cabin highly as a relic and desired that the Daughters of Utah Pioneers might possess it and preserve it. Ogden City commissioners returned the cabin to Mrs. Shaw who, in turn, presented it to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers on November 8, 1926. Two years later it was moved to its present site on the southwest Corner of the Ogden Tabernacle Square. Now known as the Ogden temple Square. 1928 The Daughters remodeled it by replacing decayed ground level logs with new ones and replacing the old dirt roof with a shingled roof.
As part of the Pioneer Day celebrations in July 1934, the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association dedicated a granite marker and bronze tablet next to the Goodyear cabin. LDS Apostle George Albert Smith, in his capacity as president of the association, acted as master of ceremonies. Presiding at this event was Dora P. Holther, a former president of the Weber County Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Minerva Shaw, age 83, attended the ceremonies and was honored as largely responsible for saving the cabin for posterity. Minerva’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Dee Shaw Stewart, unveiled the stone monument and plaque. In 1970 the cabin was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Once accepted, it became eligible for protection under the 1966 Historic Preservation Act passed by Congress.
Many artifacts in the Weber County Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum were owned
by the family of James Brown including the following: sugar bowl with red
pectoral design and an earthenware pitcher with lavender design located in
the china cupboard by the stairs; handmade plow used at Brown’s Fort;
gambrel (hanger for butchering animals); cupboard of open shelves and a
In 1986 the descendants of Captain James Brown donated two pieces of furniture which had been in the Brown family. The pieces are said to be original to the cabin. A small cupboard and a drop leaf kitchen table. In 2007, a baby cradle belonging to the Brown family was donated and is also on display in the cabin. In 1994 the cabin was dismantled and reconstructed to face the west. A sod roof was put in place at that time to more accurately replicate the original roof. Elizabeth Shaw Stewart, granddaughter of Minerva Stone Shaw, states, "It stands as a monument to a devoted pioneer who wanted to keep in mind the early life of those who made this northern empire possible for those who would follow".
In 1866, the cabin was moved to 1342 Washington Blvd. Minerva Pease Stone Shaw then purchased the cabin and moved it to her residence at 1265 Washington. She kept it there until she donated it to the Weber County Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP). It was then moved to its present location.
On April 3, 1896, Minerva Pease Stone Shaw purchased the cabin placing it on land that the family owned. In 1916, Minerva Pease Stone Shaw donated the cabin to the Ogden DUP. The cabin made a special appearance in the July 24th, 1916, Ogden Pioneer Days Parade, which was incorporated into a float. David O. McKay, chairman of the Ogden Pioneer Days Pageant, recomended that it appear in the parade so that it "might go visiting and show itself off to the big buildings that have been erected since it pioneereed ," as quoted in the June 4, 1916, Ogden Standard. (The article also mentioned that a controversy was also recently settled proving the cabin was the oldest house in the state.)
The cabin was next transported to the rear of Ogden City Fire Station No. 3, 901 Washington on December 4, 1919. On September 21, 1920, the Standard stated that Ogden was going to take steps to safeguard the oldest house in the state. A bowery, to protect the building from storms, was then erected over the cabin. In 1928, the cabin was moved to land on the Ogden's Tabernacle Block. There it resided for more that eight decades.
The cabin was meticulously refurbished in 1994-1995. It was dismantled and all of the logs were numbered. There was approximately 500 pieces that were numbered. The logs were treated for preservation and a solid rubber membrane was added to the roof for weather proofing. The cabin was reassembled and each log was chinked with an acrylic material.
Near the end of 2011, the cabin was moved to its current location, 21st Street and Lincoln Avenue. The cabin had to be relocated because of the underground parking garage construction for the rebuild of the Ogden Temple. The LDS Church paid for the expense of moving the cabin.
let its last days be a Monument to the State of Utah and treasured and cared for while it lives by the Daughters of Pioneers of Weber County Utah.
My father's blacksmithing tools, which he made himself in Connecticut, were sold after his death, and the Cabin stood for sale. I purchased it from my father's widow, Mrs. Sarah Spencer Stone, for 12 dollars, had it moved across the street to our home at 1265 Washington Ave. I went to the blacksmith who had bought the tools and asked him to let me have the chance to buy them back if he ever wanted to sell them.
A few months later he came to me telling me the tools were for sale. I bought them and my brother, Friend Stone, installed them in the cabin. He and my son, Ernest Shaw, did considerable work in the shop. When Ernest moved with his family to Snowville, he took the tools with him and did work there and learned the blacksmithing trade.
My father, Amos P. Stone, often worked at mending wagons and shoeing horses and oxen on the way to Utah from Council Bluffs. In 1856-57, father brought his tools from Bountiful to Ogden and lived with Grandfather Jones. That year he bought the Cabin of Captain James Brown. While he lived it was used as a blacksmith's shop.
After father died in 1890, the Cabin was placed at my home. I planted geraniums around it and a big apple tree stood by making it picturesque. After my son moved the tools away, I began gathering relics and storing them there. All the spinning wheels and guns and everything I could find that had any historical value was placed there. I found a great deal of pleasure in so doing.
Minerva Pease Stone Shaw