The construction of the fort was over-seen by Ira Hinckley. The fort provided safety, shelter, water and livestock feed for people traveling between the two communities. The fort is square and is constructed of black volcanic rock and limestone that was quarried from the nearby mountains. The walls are eighteen feet high and four feet thick. There are two very large wooden doors at the east and west side of the fort. Gun ports are also located throughout the fort for protection from possible attacks, however the tour guide stated that the fort was never attacked during the time of its use for more than 20 years.