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

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Utah State Capitol

Address:
E. Capitol Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT
Directions:
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.
Hours:
M-F 8 am - 8 pm; Sa-Su 8 am -5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
801-538-3000
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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. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [01/30/2011]

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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."

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