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Fillmore in Millard County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Capitol

 
 
Capitol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
1. Capitol Marker
Inscription. In 1849, after a peace treaty was signed between Mexico and the United States, Congress was petitioned to admit the State of Desert to the Union. However, this petition was denied and the Organic Act of September 9, 1850, created the Utah Territory.
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
Capitol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
2. Capitol Marker
state park in the center of Fillmore.

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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fillmore.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Front side of Capitol building. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen
3. Front side of Capitol building.
Territorial Capitol Building image. Click for full size.
By P. Kent Fairbanks, July 27, 1967
4. Territorial Capitol Building
Library of Congress HABS UTAH,14-FILL,4--1
North and East View of Capitol Building image. Click for full size.
By P. Kent Fairbanks, July 27, 1967
5. North and East View of Capitol Building
Library of Congress HABS UTAH,14-FILL,4--4
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on June 24, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on October 26, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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