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Utah great state capitol building

Brenner J Webb

History 1700
Ken C Hansen
11/20/14

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Does anyone know the 45th state to become part of America? Well u should
because it was we call home, yep that right its Utah. All the fun started way back when, to the
times of free land and territorys. The first settlers to arrive in this beautiful place, later known as
Utah were the euro-Americans. They arrived on July 24th 1847, which is now celebrated every
year on this date as pioneer day. Yep, you guessed it; they were the Mormons, led by their leaser
Brigham Young. Utah first capitol or whatever you would like to call it was known as the
Utahs Territorial Statehouse. It was the so called first place of government in Utah, where right
s and laws would be put into place and all the fancy stuff they do in government would be
upheld. Now I dont like to get all fancy with it so during this crazy thing they call a paper I will
be very straight to the point and blunt. This building was built in Fillmore Utah, which is Millard
County. Strand name u wonder? It was named after the at the time president Millard Fillmore,
who actually helped everything get stated and even donated money to get things in process. Now
the funny thing about all of this mess, is that all the trouble they went too to get everything
going, they ended up not even finishing the construction of the building due to lack of funds and
then, after a meeting, decide that the building was inadequate and could not fulfill its duties so
they decided to move and make changes. They then decided to move and make Salt Lake City
the new Capitol in 1856, and so on and so forth. The first statehood in Fillmore was then
abandoned, and never to go inside again, no Im just kidding, but it really was abandoned. The
first idea they had was for the new capitol salt lake city to donate land roughly about 20 acres for
the building of the capitol a portion of land specifically known as arsenal hill. The city council of
salt lake approved the donating of the property and began too, create a capitol commission. They
elected Elijah E. Myers to construct and come up with the idea for the capitol, since he was also
the designer of the Michigan, Texas, and Colorado state capitols as well. Plans were done and

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ready by 1891, but were put to an immediate stop because of lack of funding. By 1896 Utah was
granted statehood and had to use the county building as a capitol because still no building had
been built. In 1909 Utah still had no building, so plans were put into action and bills were passed
and eventually groundbreaking for the capitol began in 1912 and was finally built and complete
in 1916. Now that I have gone over and discussed the childhood years of our state capitol lets
get in to the fun teenage years , where I will discuss what are capitol does and all the fun and
exciting things that go along with that. Now Im sure it the same for all the states if not the same
then pretty close to the same guidelines, but in Utah or capitol is home to and is our central house
of government for our state. It stands for many things but mostly it holds our House of
Chambers, and offices of Utah legislature, Offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney
general, State Auditor and their staffs. Our beautiful capitol building is located on Capitol Hill,
overlooking beautiful Salt Lake City. Some cool facts real quick, our capitol building was added
to the National Register for Historical places in 1978. In 2004 the building had to go under
construction again to add two new building to the complex one being the biggest restoration was
the base isolation system which was installed to withhold an earthquake with the magnitude of
7.3, which in my opinion is pretty damn big. Now that the building is complete, here are some
interesting facts about it from the inside and out. The interior dome is 165 feet above the floor
and at about 95 feet there are huge chains that hold a big gorgeous chandelier. From the outside
the outer dome stretches 235 feet above the ground and from the rooftop line it stretches 150feet.
The entire structure is held up by just 4 tiers, each holding a whopping 10miilion pounds of
weight, now I dont know about u but too me that is amazing. Now inside the capitol even more,
in the house of chambers there are 75 desks currently 1 for each member, but in the senate of
chamber there are only 29. Now if you know anything about Utah then u know the religion of

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this state is mostly Mormon it was actually founded by Mormons, but this isnt a religious paper
so back to my point, around the capitol there are many monuments but the most meaning full and
most relative to history is probably the Mormon Battalion Monument. This monument stands at
100 feet and is full of granite and bronze, it was designed and built to honor the sacrifices that
500 Mormon pioneers, which let me remind you, were not drafted but all volunteered to join and
might for the us army in the Mexican American war. There is also a Vietnam War memorial as
well to honor the 388 soldiers from Utah that went missing or died in the Vietnam War. My
grandfather wasnt from Utah but he put his life on the line and fought in this war as well. Want
to hear something crazy, think of all the years that we have gone through and never had a women
as president, In Utahs first ever senator state election , we had a women when and her name was
Martha Hughes Cannon. Just to throw this in there at the end after excavating and all the grand
total for the capitol was almost 100,000 dollars. Just like our countrys government over there in
Washington, Utahs is pretty much ran the same. It is run off of 3 branches of government, the
legislative, executive, and judicial. The leader of the executive branch is the governor and as of
right now our governor is Gary Hubert; he took over for Jon Huntsman Jr. after he resigned,
because he was appointed ambassador of people of china by our very own president Barack
Obama. The legislative powers are withheld in the senate which has a republican majority, which
is not surprising considering Utah is a republican state, and the judicial powers are vested in the
Supreme Court. Each of these positions is for the use and benefit of the Utah government. Its
crazy to me to think that everything we see going on in politics comes straight from this building.
Within our state, and overall for the country as well. One of the coolest things that have
happened to Utah in the last 15 years is that the capitol of Utah Salt lake city got to hold the 2002
winter Olympic Games. This did so many things for our state and for our economy that not only

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helped out with a lot of things but brought attention to how great Utah really is. Our capitol and
government played a huge part in this with budgeting and building and the overall altitude of
what they were dealing with to be able to withhold such a prestigious offer. One of the best
things that the capitol has done for the state other than give us elected officials to help better our
state and keep everythings at peace and working to the best of its abilities , was building such a
great building as the capitol to bring in a lot of tourism , within the state and without. It helped
with getting people even in the state involved in politics and got the people excited. Council hall
was located by the capitol but was dismantled stone by stone and moved to Capitol Hill. They
are many buildings every by the capitol for many things, like movements and memorials, and
such things like that. When the capitol celebrated its 100 year birthday an article said that Utah
really does have one of the most beautiful capitols in all of America and that, the people and
Utah should be honored and thankful to all the citizens and people that made it worth it. Huge
thanks in my opinion should go out to a man by the name of Edward Harriman. He was the
President of the union pacific railroad and when he died his widow had to pay a 5 percent
inherent tax which in the end came out to be 800,000 dollars which really helped to get the
construction of the building going and what eventually came out to be the beautiful capitol
building we have today, after some miner touch ups and reconstruction of course. This great
building has 5 floors on the interior, 4 main floors and a basement filled with paintings and art
sculptures from Utahs history. Some cool facts I dint even no , was that the capitol isnt just
famous for its beauty , background , or what goes on side the walls, but it is famous because of
all the acting it had done as well. It has been featured in two movies, most famous would most
likely be legally blond 2 red white and blonde, or for the older people out there , drive me crazy
back from 1999.overall for the whole capitol building , its total cost comes to an estimate of 3

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million dollars. Some interesting facts I have also read about it the relationship between the
capitol, or government of Utah and the church here in Utah. Did you know that Utah is the only
state when there e is huge majority and that, majority is Mormonism, or as many of you may
know it as the church of lantern day saints. Now I am a Christian from North Carolina, and when
I first came to Utah I had no idea about the church, but oh boy did I find out. The reason I bring
this up is because of an article I read talking about both the capitol and the church and how they
were more or less competing or thats what it seemed like. It stated that the capitol was located
high above on a hill overlooking the LDS church, to show and make a point that it is higher or in
more control than the church. But in today day an age the church administrative building is 26
stories tall and looks down over the church and the capitol. Is this a statement to them both
opposing a strong will that the church beau racy is higher than the state or church itself. Another
fun and interesting fact is that we had our senior prom in the capitol when I was a junior at park
city high school. The Utah capitol building has made so much history for itself in the past and
continues to do so every day, with its guided tours and scenic views, and just all the tourism it
gets each and every day from people in sate, and even people passing thru. I truly believe the
building will just get better with age and will always continue to make its own history.

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Citation Page

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http://www.utah.com/culture/capitol.htm.

Davidson, Lee. "How Utah's Capitol Marches to a Mormon Beat." The Salt Lake Tribune, Mar
28, 2012. http://search.proquest.com/docview/1002669662?accountid=14677.

Peg McEntee THE, ASSOCIATED PRESS. "UTAH HISTORY COMES ALIVE IN CAPITOL
ART." The Salt Lake Tribune, Feb 02, 1992.
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