Fort Cedar Springs was built in 1855 by Mormon pioneers near the spring-fed hills. Mormon Church President Brigham Young gave permission for two families to start a settlement and that fall they were joined by eight other families.
The colony began building an adobe walled fort to serve as a home for the families and for protection from Paiute Indians. The site was also a haven for weary travelers. The area became known as Buttermilk Fort because of its dairy industry and the drink served.
The name was changed to Holden in 1858 when a post office was established. The town was named in honor of Elijah Holden who was frozen to death during a freak snowstorm on September 8 the prior year. The storm forced him to abandon his wagon and horses. Mr. Holden attempted to walk to safety carrying his young son who had become exhausted. After carrying his son as far as he could, he wrapped him in his overshirt and left him by the roadside. Mr. Holden made it only a few miles further. Father and son both were later found frozen.
An early pioneer of Holden, Albert Stevens, is said to have brought the first alfalfa seed from southern Utah. The first dandelion seed was planted by Mary Ann Tanner to be used for greens.
Between 1885-90 when polygamist raids were the most severe, a number of plural wives lived in seclusion in Holden. Holden is a charming little town located 6 miles north of Fillmore just off I-15.
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