Salt Lake City to Seattle: June/July 1998
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Utah's State Capitol
Utah became a state on January 4th 1896; its Capitol was constructed from 1912 to 1916.
 
The statue of Chief Masssoit is a tribute to the Wampanogas chief who greeted the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.
 
The Capitol's dome is clad in Utah copper and has a height of 285-feet.
 
The stairs in the Capitol's rotunda lead up to the House of Representatives.
 
Just east of downtown Salt Lake City is Emigration Canyon - site of the This Is The Place State Park; at this site in 1847, Brigham Young first looked into the Salt Lake Valley and declared that "this is the place"
Utilising  our replacement car, we drive out to the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island - stopping for a break in the hot sunshine at Egg Island Overlook
En route from Salt Lake City to Idaho Falls (on Day 4 of the trip), we make our first stop at the site where America's first transcontinental railway was completed on May 10th 1869.
 
Completion of the railway was marked by the insertion of a golden spike
Two steam locomotives are used to re-enact the 1869 meeting: Jupiter and No 119