Fillmore, Utah: County Named Millard and Town Named Fillmore

The capitol of Fillmore in the county of Millard were both created to convince President Millard Fillmore to make Utah a state. It didn't work.

Territorial Statehouse State Park

Address:
50 W. Capitol Ave., Fillmore, UT
Directions:
The Utah Territorial Statehouse has outdoor signs and plaques relating Fillmore's history. There's another sign, with similar information, about a mile up Hwy 99 in Fillmore City Park.
Hours:
Statehouse M-Sa 9-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
435-743-5316
Admission:
Statehouse admission: $2.00
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Millard Fillmore Library.

A County Named Millard and a Town Named Fillmore

The Utah Territorial Capital is a now small town named Fillmore. It's very quaint, sleepy, and exists only between two freeway exits off I-15. Touring the Capital building is a great stop! Three levels; half basement and first floor are museum, and have a lot of history of the Territory, State, and prominent families of the time. The third floor is a dance floor/open area for activities. There are some things to see outside and a picnic area.

The Millard Fillmore Library is also on the block!

[Miss Erin, 07/15/2016]

Not Utah's Capitol.

First Utah Territorial Statehouse

Construction of the Capitol Building for Utah Territory started in 1852; however, only the south wing was constructed before the Territory Capital was moved to Salt Lake City. Other attractions on same site. Building and grounds are now a Utah State Park.

[Ronnie, 06/19/2015]

President Millard Fillmore appointed Brigham Young the first governor of the Utah Territory. Young wanted statehood, so in 1851 he moved the territory's political capitol out of Salt Lake City (which remained the religious capitol) and created a completely new capitol, which he named Fillmore, in a completely new county named Millard. By the time Fillmore's new Territorial Statehouse was complete, however, its namesake was out of office. Young moved the capitol back to Salt Lake City in 1858. Utah finally became a state in 1896.

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Art Yard of Dead WoodArt Yard of Dead Wood, Fillmore, UT - < 1 mi.
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In the region:
Shoe Tree, Hinckley, UT - 32 mi.

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