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Bustling and Prosperous

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It's best that I chronicle my visit before leaving town this morning. My 5 day visit here has gone rapidly. It was another stay at an Elks Lodge and, as always, the members have been very accommodating. Two of my nights here were spent at the Salt City Marriot Hotel downtown where our Advisory Board members were staying. As always, it was great getting together with them. Sunday evening we met for our formal first night's dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. The next morning was our quarterly meeting of the Board. An up-date on the company was given by Senior VP Steve Tidwell, and reports were given on the annual SCI Scholarship, and the Dignity Awards for Excellence program. The Fall meeting is a short half-day event, the others a full day. In the afternoon I returned to the Elks Lodge to take the MH to a service center for a diagnosis on my Living Room slide issue. A broken cable was found which prevents proper in/out movement. Their advice was to have it fixed in FL rather than my waiting a week or so in SLC. I agreed for I can function without the slide extended.

Since I have been in SLC before my focus for sight-seeing was the State Capitol and UT's Natural History Museum on the Brigham Young University campus. Sandy and I visited the Temple Square, Salt Lake Temple, & The Tabernacle on a previous visit. Seeing the huge Mormon Church's Administration building downtown it is plainly clear that the Mormon Church Universal is very large and very wealthy.
My friend and fellow Advisory Board member, Gary Baker of Spokane, WA, and I visited the UT State Capitol building. A beautiful building patterned after the US Capitol it sits on a site overlooking the city and valley. It is one of the finest examples of Classical Renaissance Revival architecture in the US. The imposing building has a 400+ ft. colonade across the front with multiple columns. It is built of Utah granite and the interior of white Georgia marble with 'match-book' design used on the interior walls. A circular open balcony lies beneath the interior rotunda 165 ft. from the floor. The roof of the exterior of the dome is covered in copper. Utah is the 'Beehive State' and behive symbols are in the adornment throughout. It was the 48th State Capitol visited, thus completing my lower 48 State Capitol Odyssey.

The Utah Territory was originally claimed by the Spanish in 1540. They controlled their territory with missions, as I stated before. When Brigham Young and his followers came to the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1847 the territory was under Mexican rule. A year later in 1848 the US-Mexican War was settled with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and UT became a US Territory. Statehood was attained in 1896 becoming the 45th state.

Our visit to the Natural History Museum was well-worth the time spent. It has 5 floors of exhibits which cover the subjects of Utah's land formation, a large display of pre-historic fossils found in the state, Native American tribes from UT and their customs, Plants and Animals indigenous to this region. Talk about 'beehives' there were several hundred school children visiting with their teachers so the place was a 'beehive of activity'!

Today I leave for my journey back to FL which will take some time. Will report along the way.

Posted by dixter 07:47 Archived in USA Tagged lake city salt

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