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Historic Sites

Anasazi State Park and Museum
This ancient Indian village in the heart of Utah's canyon country was one of the largest Anasazi communities west of the Colorado River. The site is believed to have been occupied from A.D. 1050 to 1200. The village remains largely unexcavated, but many have been uncovered and are on display in the newly remodeled museum. Anasazi State Park is in the picturesque ranching town of Boulder on State Route 12. Individual picnic areas are available. For information call: (435)335-7308

Golden Spike National Historic Site
The original Golden Spike Ceremony commemorating the completion of the America's first transcontinental railroad occurred here on May 10, 1869. The event is re-enacted every year on the same date. The annual Railroader's Festival is held the second Saturday in August, and the Winter Steam Demonstration and Film Festival are the last weekend in December. Working replicas of the 1869 steam locomotives Jupiter and 119 are in operation from May-October. For information call: (435)471-2209

Territorial Statehouse State Park
Utah's oldest existing governmental building is the Territorial Statehouse in Fillmore. In anticipation of Utah's statehood, Bringham Young directed construction of the building as the territorial capitol. Only the south wing was ever completed. The existing portion was finished in time for the December 1855 meeting of the territorial legislature, which was the only full session held in the old statehouse. In December 1858 the seat of government was returned to Salt Lake City. The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers initiated the restoration of Territorial Statehouse and with state funding opened it as a museum in 1930. The old capitol building became Utah's first state park in 1957 and today houses a pioneer collection from the time period of the Utah Territory, 1850 to 1896. There are additional historic buildings, a picnic area and an All-American Rose Selection rose garden adjacent to the museum. For information call: (435)743-5316

Historic Temple Square
Temple Square grounds are open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The visitors' centers are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. All services and activities are free. For information call: (801)240-2534

This Is The Place State Park
Take a walk into the past at This Is The Place State Park. Old Deseret is a living historic village that recreates a typical community between 1847 and 1869. See the sights of daily pioneer life and visit adobe houses, shops, schools, churches and sites of cultural activities. Guides, dressed in period dress, conduct daily activities and share stories of pioneer lifestyles. The village is open daily from April 1 through the first weekend in October. This Is The Place Monument, located south of Old Deseret Village, was erected in 1947. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley. Early Spanish explorers, mountain men and American Indians also are featured. A video presentation, exhibits and a museum store are available at the visitor center. The monument and visitor center are open year-round. This Is The Place State Park is Utah's most renowned historic park. It is on the east bench of Salt Lake City at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. For information call: (801) 584-8391
Tourist Attractions

Tooele County Railroad Museum
A steam engine, dining car, simulated mine, and children's train. For information call: (435)882-2836

George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park
Includes replicas of prehistoric creatures. For information call: (801)393-DINO

Long been 'the' amusement park in Utah with wild and mild rides, entertainment, food, and a Pioneer Village. It is open daily in summer and weekends in fall and spring . The adjacent waterpark, Lagoon-A Beach offers acres of water slides and swimming pools. For information call: (801)451-8000

Minnetonka Cave
Near the Bear Lake Valley has nine 'rooms' featuring stalagmites, stalactites, and banded travertine formations. For information call: (435)847-0375

Park City Silver Mine Adventure
The Park City Silver Mine Adventure include exhibits on the area's mining past, a man-made drift where children of all ages can dig for gem stones and other treasures, and other tributes to the mining industry. But the real adventure starts on the underground shaft tour deep inside the Ontario Mine For information call: (435)649-8011