The aging house that was the home of Justice Court Judge and rancher Fred Pope and his wife, Marie, is now a museum in Duchesne City. Fred Pope died in 1980 at age 75 and his wife died at 90 in 1996. He meticulously created miniature scenes during the 1950s and 60s. Marie Pope's stories about growing up on her family's homestead in the Uintah Basin inspired her husband to build dioramas depicting her early life on the homestead including the cabin she was raised in, pack horses and ranch life. He built everything to scale including wagons that have moving wheels, buildings with doors that open and shut and trees. There is a blacksmith shop with a bearded blacksmith and usable, but tiny, tools. Plastic horses are used in the miniatures and the Popes ordered dolls that depict people from catalogs. Marie Pope made the doll clothing. To schedule a tour of the Pope House or to get more information on activities during Pioneer Day, please contact them!
370 W. 100 N. Duchesne, UT
Contact: Dea Skewes, Manager
Saturday | 10am-2pm | June-Aug
All other hours by appointment: (435) 738-2464