This is Still the Place: Utah's 1897 Pioneer Jubilee


Entry #7 in the Pageant of Progress was "Utah 1847." This float, designed by J. S. Anderson,"represents a collection of Indian teepees in and about which the aborigines are seen. In the distance is the Great Salt Lake, the Wasatch and Oquirrh ranges of mountains and the valley." The Deseret Evening News wrote: "No sooner did the float come in sight than applause greeted it all along the lines. It represented the desert with real sage brush, real bunch grass, a real wickiur, smoke heggrimmed, and a real family of Indians seated around it. A mountain behind was coverd with cedars, and the first white man was peering over the summit at the picturesque scene below." (Photograph by Charles. R. Savage)

The Deseret Evening News published this artist's rendering of the float.

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