Utah capitol construction began 100 years ago

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 4:59 PM


SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s state capitol has reached a centennial milestone.

KSL reports that Wednesday marked 100 years since construction began on the building.

Wilson Martin of the Division of Utah State History says the project got its first boost when Salt Lake City donated a 20-acre parcel known as Arsenal Hill to the territorial government in March 1888.

The project was short on money until 1909, after Union Pacific Railroad president Edward Harriman died. Martin says Harriman’s widow had to pay about $800,000 in inheritance tax on his estate.

The money was combined with a $1 million bond to get the plans off the ground.

Martin says construction on the building cost $2.5 million.

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