The Fremont Indian State Park and Museum near Richfield has won national recognition for its exhibit of Fremont artifacts.

The museum won first place in the "Museum Gallery Exhibit" category in a competition sponsored by the National Association of Interpretation in San Diego, said park supervisor Gordon Topham."I am shocked and thrilled," said Topham. "This is quite an honor for a museum like ours just getting off the ground."

The Utah exhibit won over 17 other entrants.

Fremont Indian State Park is in Clear Creek Canyon. An ancient settlement of several hundred Indian structures was discovered several years ago during construction of I-70.

Racing bulldozers, archaeologists salvaged thousands of artifacts, which were then housed in a new museum authorized by the Legislature. The site is the largest Fremont Indian settlement ever discovered. The settlement was abandoned about 1300 A.D.