Jan. 4 – the 120th anniversary of Utah’s statehood, in the year that we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Utah State Capitol – a special gift from the Capitol Preservation Board was unveiled. Inlaid in the floor of the Hall of Governors is a decorative Utah seal, surrounded by medallions representing the state’s 29 counties.
The road to statehood was long and arduous, lasting nearly 50 years but finally, in 1896, Utah was placed on equal footing with the 44 states already a part of the Union and admitted as the 45th state. Construction of the Capitol began in 1912 and was finally completed four years later.
A number of events are planned throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary of the State Capitol, including an exhibit that opened this week and tells the story of the Capitol over the past 100 years.