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Fillmore Historical State House Park

Fillmore Historical State House Park

Fillmore Historical State House Park

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No visit to Fillmore is complete without a visit to Utah’s Historical Territorial Statehouse. You can’t miss it as it’s right in the middle of town, behind Millard County Courthouse on Main Street.

In 1851, Mormon leader Brigham Young and a group of lawmakers determined that Fillmore should become the capital of the provisional State of Deseret because of its central location.

When the United States Congress turned down their petition for statehood and created the Utah Territory instead, Fillmore was designated as the territorial capital.

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Construction on the statehouse building started in 1852 and finished in 1855. This building was used by the Fifth Territorial Legislature on Oct. 10, 1855. In 1856, the seat of government was moved to Salt Lake City.

It’s well worth your time to visit this historic building and learn about Utah’s early history. Find out how Fillmore got its name. There is also a great display about Chief Walkara, the Ute Chief in charge when the Mormon Pioneers entered the area in 1847. Walkara and Brigham Young were friends, despite their deep cultural differences.