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Territorial Statehouse State Park

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The oldest existing governmental building in Utah is the Territorial Statehouse in Statehouse Park in Fillmore. The park also preserves other historic buildings (two restored pioneer cabins and an 1867 stone schoolhouse), All-American Rose Society Garden, picnic area, and the current Courthouse. The Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum offers a museum store, and auditorium. The 3 acre park is open year round

The Territorial Statehouse became Utah's first state park.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Day Visits: $2 per person

50 West Capitol Avenue
Fillmore, Utah 84631-0657
(435) 743-5316.
Settler cabin.
Settler cabin with the school behind.

Little Rock School House. At the end of 1851, a log school had been built in Fillmore with split log seats and a dirt roof and floor. It was replaced by an adobe church in 1854. Three small school buildings were built in 1867, this is one of those three buildings. It was the first building paid with tax revenue. Contractors were Dellie Webb and Ova Petersen, Builders were Horace and James Owens, Nat Baldwin, Lewis Tarbuck, John Ashman, James and Ralph Rowley, Hans and Christian Hanson, and John Powell. Daughters of f Utah Pioneers, Number 190, plaque placed 1953.

Land of the Yuta kiosk.
On September 8, 1851, Governor Brigham Young proclaimed this spot to be the geographic center of Utah and chose it to be the future State Capital. He named the city Fillmore and the county Millard after then president Millard Fillmore. This building may seem small for a state capital, but it was the south wing, the only wing to be built, of what was intended to be a larger building in the form of a Roman cross, designed by Truman O. Angell. This first wing was finished in time for the December 1855 meeting of the Territorial Legislature, which was the only full session held in the old statehouse. The final building would have had a domed center with wings radiating from it. The capital was not built here and the building was never completed as intended. In December 1858, the seat of government was returned to Salt Lake City. Today stone pavers and walkways outline the intended building. The capital was alter moved to the northwest corner of the state and this building was used as a dance hall, theater, jail, school, and newsroom. The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers restored the Statehouse and reopened it as a museum in 1930 as it remains today.

The museum houses a collection of Mormon pioneer artifacts. The Old Capitol Arts Festival is held at the Statehouse every year on the weekend after Labor Day in September.

Statehouse, east side.

Statehouse, east side.

Statehouse, east side.

Statehouse, east side.

Statehouse, east side.

Statehouse, east side.

Statehouse, south side.

Statehouse, south side.

Statehouse, south side.

Statehouse, west side.


Courthouse.


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