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Utah Centennial 1896-1996 - A Photo Exhibit


When Utah became the 45th state on January 4, 1896, it was the culmination of almost half a century of effort by Utah statesmen and citizens. Accordingly, the state celebrated with parades, speeches, bells, choir performances, and other ceremonies. Many public, private, and religious buildings were decorated with bunting and flags, and many citizens showed their public spirit fervor by dressing in patriotic costumes and attending rallies and dances.

  • Image 01

    The Salt Lake LDS Temple draped with the enormous 45-star flag that had hung in the LDS Tabernacle during Statehood Day ceremonies. This photograph was taken in 1897, when the flag was moved to the Temple for the 50th anniversary of the coming of the Mormon pioneers. 
    [GEORGE REED Collection, P0184]

  • Image 02

    The LDS Tabernacle decorated for statehood celebrations. 
    [GEORGE D. PYPER Collection, P0001]

  • Image 03

    The ZCMI Building, downtown Salt Lake City, decorated for Statehood Day. 
    [ZCMI Collection, P0507]

  • Image 04

    The Dinwoodey Furniture building, Salt Lake City, draped with bunting for Statehood. 
    [DINWOODEY FURNITURE Collection, P0273]

  • Image 05

    Vernal, Utah women dressed for a patriotic celebration. 
    [THORNE PHOTO STUDIO Collection, P0272]

  • Image 06

    A Salt Lake City choir in the decorated Tabernacle. 
    [GEORGE D. PYPER Collection, P0001]

  • Image 07

    A 1910 Statehood Day parade. 
    [UTAH POSTCARDS Collection, P0591]

  • Image 08

    Utahns dressed for a parade. 
    [Olive Wooley Burt Collection, P0244]

  • Image 09

    The Utah Exhibit at the Nashville Exposition, 1896. 
    [GEORGE D. PYPER Collection, P0001]

Roy Webb, Multimedia Archivist; roy.webb@utah.edu

As Utah historian Dale Morgan noted, "men live rich and quiet lives outside the boiling currents of their times." In many parts of Utah, life had to go on the same as it had on January 3, 1896, and as it would on January 5th. Children had to attend school, railroads had to run, chores had to be done, business had to be conducted. This portion of the exhibit depicts daily life in Utah around the same time as the statehood celebrations.

  • Image 01

    Officers on the porch of their quarters at Fort Douglas (Salt Lake City), ca. 1888. Frederick Benteen is seated in the front row on the far right. 
    [RICHARD W. YOUNG Collection, P0104]

  • Image 02

    The living room of the Fort Douglas quarters shown above, 1896. 
    [ALBERT C. ALLEN Collection, P0345]

  • Image 03

    Salt Lake & Ogden Railroad station in Bountiful, 1895 
    [SIMON BAMBERGER Collection, P0225]

  • Image 04

    Children in front of the Forest Dale School, Salt Lake City, 1896. 
    [GEORGE ALBERT SMITH Collection, P0036]

  • Image 05

    Native Americans gathered on the steps of the Salt Lake Theater. 
    [INDIANS Collection, P0064]

  • Image 06

    Navajos weaving on their reservation, 1896. 
    [INDIANS Collection, P0064]

  • Image 07

    Preston Nutter, Utah Cattleman (right) on mule, 1893. 
    [PRESTON NUTTER CORP. Collection, P0289]

  • Image 08

    Placer miners on the San Juan River near Mexican Hat, Utah, 1894. 
    [DICK BECK Collection, P0068]

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