Monday, 18 July 2011

Territorial Statehouse, Fillmore, UT

In 1851 Brigham Young, as Governor of Utah Territory designated Fillmore, named after President Millard Fillmore and the geographical centre of Utah as the location for the Territorial Capitol. 

Grand plans for a capitol building were drawn up and the building commenced but only the south wing of the building was ever completed.

The Legislature sat in Fillmore just a couple of times before voting to make Salt Lake City the capitol, probably the difficulty in getting to Fillmore through the winter snows helped make that decision.

Brigham Young took a corner room in the building for his office because of the light, although his clerks probably spent more time in the room than he did.

The Legislature room was on the top floor.

Fillmore was laid out in the same plan as Salt Lake City, the streets are 132 feet wide, this was to enable a team of oxen to turn around in one go.   It’s a nice little town and has no stop lights!

We stayed at the KOA which has very helpful friendly owners and lovely views of the mountains it is also right on the Paiute ATV trail while we don’t have an ATV it is a very pretty spot.   I got lucky and took this photograph before everyone else rolled in.

Have fun, we are!

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