Utah's defense industry began with explorations in the l840s. The earliest arrival was John C. Fremont in late summer l843. Fremont returned again in l845, and subsequent military explorers included Captain Howard Stansbury and Lt. John W. Gunnison, in the early l850s. Lt. Col. Edward J. Steptoe, who arrived in August l854, set aside the earliest military reservation in Rush Valley.
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