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5 Fun Facts About March 13 In Utah History

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1. The Great Salt Lake Flood: On March 13, 1983, the Great Salt Lake reached its highest ever recorded level, causing a massive flood that affected more than 3,000 homes and businesses. The flood caused more than $400 million in damages and resulted in a state of emergency declaration.

2. Utah Symphony founded: On March 13, 1940, the Utah Symphony Orchestra was founded in Salt Lake City. The orchestra has since become an iconic cultural institution in the state and is known for its world-class performances.

3. Provo City Center Temple fire: On March 13, 2016, the Provo City Center Temple caught fire, causing extensive damage to the building. The temple had just undergone a $40 million renovation and had been rededicated just months before the fire. Despite the damage, the temple was able to open again less than a year later.

4. The first Utah Territory Capitol Building: On March 13, 1855, the first Utah Territory Capitol Building was completed in Fillmore, Utah. The building served as the territorial capitol until 1858 and is now a tourist attraction that offers a glimpse into Utah's territorial past.

5. Harold B. Lee Library opens: On March 13, 1991, the Harold B. Lee Library opened at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The library is named after former church president Harold B. Lee and is considered one of the best academic libraries in the country, with over 98 miles of bookshelves and more than 1.5 million volumes.
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