Utah State Capitol Building
Utah's Capitol building, located on a hill overlooking downtown Salt Lake City, is an
elegant architectural masterpiece. The building is set on over 40 acres,
with beautifully maintained and sculpted lawns, trees, flowerbeds,
and shrubs. From the south steps, Kiwanzar trees can be viewed circling
the drive. From the front steps you see a spectacular view of the Wasatch and Oquirrh
Mountains, and Salt Lake City below.
The gardens feature plants native to Utah. Visitors are welcome to walk through and
enjoy a peaceful moment. A Vietnam Memorial is found on the west grounds,
commemorating the 388 Utah natives who died in the war. To the east,
a monument stands in honor of the Mormon Batallion - a group of 500
Mormons who pledged allegiance to their country by marching from Iowa
to Mexico to fight in the 1846 Mexican conflict.
Wherever you roam on the Capitol grounds, you're sure to be reminded
of those who have come before, and of the future yet to come.
The building was constructed between 1912 and 1916, using granite
from nearby Little Cottonwood Canyon. The dome is covered with Utah copper.
There are 52 Corinthian columns. Throughout the grounds, on the building itself,
and within the interior are countless beehive representations.
The beehive is Utah's state symbol, representing the values of industry and cooperation.
Today's Capitol is actually Utah's second. The first Capitol Building
was in a small town called Fillmore, built there by federal decree,
but only one wing of that building was finished before Salt Lake City
was made the territorial capitol in 1855. Between then and January 4,
1896, when Utah became a state, the Legislature met at different locations around the city.
Guided tours of the Capitol are given every half-hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Utah State Capitol