Salt Lake City, Utah: Statue of Philo Farnsworth, Father of TV Team Field Report

Utah State Capitol

E. Capitol Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT
North edge of the city. Inside the east wing of the Utah State Capitol, on the fourth floor, overlooking the atrium. Just to be sure, ask at the information desk for Philo's exact location; he's been moved around a lot.
M-F 8 am - 8 pm; Sa-Su 8 am -5 pm. (Call to verify)
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Philo Farnsworth.

Statue of Philo Farnsworth, Father of TV
Philo is immortalized in bronze atop a pedestal in the Utah State Capitol, holding one of his TV vacuum tubes. Report... [01/30/2011]

Visitor Tips and News About Statue of Philo Farnsworth, Father of TV

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Philo and the Walking Fool.

Philo Farnsworth, TV Inventor

I'm walking across America and have hit several roadside attractions along the way. Once in Utah, I was anxious to see the statue of the beloved Philo Farnsworth, the man responsible for allowing Jerry Springer and Bill O'Reilly to be household names.

When I read the description on your site, I saw that there was no pic and the latest news was that the U.S. Capitol building was being renovated. But by the time I trudged my feet to SLC, the building was open for business (I could tell because there were at least 5 tourists milling about).

I strutted up the 3 flights of stairs and bonded with the cement replica for a full 5 minutes before heading off to see the 2-headed lamb across the street.

[mark e. phillips, 10/13/2008]

We had a look ourselves in August -- the statue is moved around the building a bit, but a guard can usually direct visitors. BTW, Mark has dubbed himself "The Walking Fool."

Nearby Offbeat Places

Two-Headed Lamb and Really Old BreadTwo-Headed Lamb and Really Old Bread, Salt Lake City, UT - < 1 mi.
Gravity HillGravity Hill, Salt Lake City, UT - < 1 mi.
Spaceship Mormons, One is an AlienSpaceship Mormons, One is an Alien, Salt Lake City, UT - 1 mi.
In the region:
Gilgal Garden, Salt Lake City, UT - 2 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

November 27, 2015

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Utah Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

John Dillinger Museum, Crown Point, Indiana (Nov 23-29, 2015)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, Salt Lake City, Utah

Nightly rates found:

Find Hotels Near:

Book Online Now