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By Kent Larsen

Fillmore 150th to Feature President Hinckley

FILLMORE, UTAH -- The Southern Utah town of Fillmore will celebrate its sesquicentennial a few weeks early, and President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the featured speaker at the town's anniversary program. President Hinckley's grandfather, Nathaniel Hinckley, was the town's stake president and later its patriarch for many years.

The city was actually founded on October 27th, 1851, when Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball chose the site while camped on the banks of the Chalk Creek. But the city has moved up is celebration to September 7th and 8th to join its fifth annual Old Capitol Arts and Living History Festival and to take advantage of warmer summer weather. The town was selected as the first territorial capitol at that time, but the capitol was moved to Salt Lake City the next year.

The town's celebration will included stories, poems, songs and skits presented at the Territorial Statehouse Park. On Saturday, September 8th, the main anniversary program, featuring President Hinckley, will be held. On both the 7th and 8th the park will host continuous family entertainment.


Historic Fillmore to mark 150th
Deseret News 30Aug01 D6


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