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Utah commemorating 106th as state

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First came the pioneers. Then the Pony Express. The Golden Spike marks the spot where East meets West.

But the long-anticipated telegram to Utah means the most, was historically, the best.

Exactly 106 years ago, a telegram from Washington, D.C., informed territorial Utahns they were official citizens of the United States — their fledgling territory had been accepted as the 45th state in the union.

To commemorate that chilly Jan. 4 announcement, Fillmore was to host celebrations today. Fillmore was the territorial capital before Salt Lake City took over honors.

Activities began with guided bus tours of historic homes in the Fillmore area.

Three historical presentations took place in the Millard High School auditorium Participants heard from "Geology of Central Utah," presented by Larry Garahana and Jerry Mansfield of the Bureau of Land Management; "Prehistoric People of the Eastern Great Basin," by Joelle McCarthy, also of the BLM; or "Early Indians in Millard County and Central Utah," by Gari Lafferty.

An evening banquet was to feature a middle school children's choir and remarks from Fillmore Mayor Mike Winget, Rep. Michael Styler, Sen. Leonard Blackham and Lt. Gov. Olene Walker.

John Peterson was to offer the statehood address, "Betwixt Brigham and Blackhawk: the Painful Position of Kanosh and his Pah Vants during the Blackhawk War."