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Utah's first state flag tracked down

Posted - Mar. 8, 2010 at 4:22 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's first state flag has been found, after being lost for more than a century.

According to the Deseret News, the flag was hastily made back in 1903 when it was needed for a parade of states at the St. Louis World's Fair.

In 2008, more than a century later, Ronald Fox, an avid history buff, found a photograph of the flag, embroidered with white thread. But the actual flag was nowhere to be found.

Fox checked with The Daughters of Utah Pioneers, the state history department, the LDS Church's collections and several museums -- but no luck.

Eventually, curators at the Utah State Historical Society Museum found the flag inside a box that had been placed inside another box and forgotten.

The flag was shown to the public for the first time in decades Monday at the Capitol.

It will be part of an exhibit called "Utah in the Union: The Story of the 45th State" that runs through the rest of this year.

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