Fodor's Expert Review Fort Douglas Military Museum
Named in honor of Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas, the fort was established in 1862, officially to guard mail and telegraph routes during the Civil War. Unofficially, it was to keep an eye on Brigham Young's Mormon settlement and keep it out of Confederate clutches. The museum, adjacent to the University of Utah, honors nearly 150 years of military service (an active Reserve unit is still based here). Exhibits include uniforms, weaponry, and artifacts of Utah's connections to American wars, including a model of the U.S.S. Salt Lake City, which sank off Alaska during World War II.