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5 Fun Facts About November 8 In Utah History

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1. In 1922, the Grand Canyon National Park in neighboring Arizona was dedicated by President Warren G. Harding. Although not in Utah, this event was significant for the entire region and helped to promote tourism and outdoor recreation in Utah and other nearby states.

2. On November 8, 1892, Utah held its first statewide election since becoming a U.S. state in 1896. At the time, Utah was a heavily Democratic state and the Democrats won all major offices, including governor and both U.S. Senate seats.

3. In 1994, the Utah State Capitol building in Salt Lake City underwent a major renovation and restoration that took nearly 10 years to complete. The project included seismic upgrades, the addition of new wings for legislative offices, and the restoration of many of the building's original features and artwork.

4. On November 8, 2000, Utah voters went to the polls to elect a new governor and other statewide officials. Republican candidate Mike Leavitt won the governor's race by a wide margin, defeating Democrat Bill Orton and Independent Merrill Cook.

5. In 1910, the Utah State Fairgrounds opened in Salt Lake City. The fairgrounds have hosted a variety of events over the years, including state fairs, rodeos, concerts, and sporting events. Today, the fairgrounds are home to the Utah State Fair and a variety of other events throughout the year.
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