Camp Floyd was established in 1858 after the U.S. Army arrived in Utah to suppress what was then thought to be a Mormon rebellion. No traditional battle ever occurred though as negotiations carried the day. The camp's founding was a prime example of the tensions that existed at the time between the Latter-Day Saint faith, the direction of the Utah Territory and the growing authority of the federal government. A few times a year, reenactors gather at what’s now a state park in the town of Fairfield, west of Utah Lake, to show what it was like when the army occupied the land.
Park Manager Clay Shelley said about 3,500 soldiers were living at the camp during the occupation. The camp was named for the then secretary of war, John B. Floyd, and commanded by Col. Albert S. Johnston. Troops remained for three years until the closure of the camp at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.