Fillmore in Millard County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
On October 4, 1851, under the direction of Governor Brigham Young, the Utah Territorial Legislature created Millard County and designated Fillmore as both the county seat and as the capitol of the Territory. The selection of Fillmore as the seat of government was due to its central location. Fillmore and Millard County were named after the 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, because of his friendship to the Mormon people.
To fulfill this grant scheme, a capitol building was designed and construction began in the spring of 1852. In concept and plan, the new "Statehouse" was to consist of a four-winged structure with a large central dome. However, due to financial difficulties and other factors, only one wing was ever completed.
After one complete session of the Territorial Legislature, 1855-1856, and two partial sessions, the Territorial Capitol was removed to Salt Lake City.
The legacy of these early pioneers can be seen in many of the cities and towns, the homes and shops. The old Territorial Capitol building, now a history museum, is preserved as a
Millard County created on October 4, 1851
Location. 38° 58.738′ N, 112° 19.396′ W. Marker is in Fillmore, Utah, in Millard County. Marker is on North Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in parking lot at Fillmore City Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 North Main Street, Fillmore UT 84631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dominguez - Escalante Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fillmore's Adobe Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fillmore Pioneer Fort (approx. 0.7 miles away); Utah’s First Capitol (approx. 0.8 miles away); Edward Partridge, Jr. House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Land of the Yuta (approx. 0.8 miles away); Little Rock Schoolhouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); Chief Walkara (approx. 7.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fillmore.
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