Utah's first state flag finally found

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  • Weird
    March 8, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    I read the headline and then I read the first few paragraphs to read about what I read in the headline. Instead, boring background. I skimmed for the finding of the flag and then stopped reading. Either the writer or the headline writer mislead me.

  • Henry Drummond
    March 8, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    It looks like we all have more things for Ron Fox to find. The item I would be interested in is the first flag that flew over Salt Lake Valley on July 26 of 1847, two days after Brigham Young arrived in the valley. It was a very simple flag with a circle of 12 stars with a much larger star in the middle of the circle. I understand the flag was displayed at Brigham Young's funeral.

  • Judy Dykman
    March 8, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    I am disappointed with the Deseret News coverage of the 1903 World Fair. Senator Thomas Kearns was Utah's senior senator and would have been there, but
    he is not listed in the article.

    Please have someone look for the U.S. flag embroidered with George Washington's face.Jennie gave it to T.R. in 1903 when he attended a lavish breakfast at the Kearns Mansion. The Kearns invited
    many dignitaries including Smoot and Smith that day.

  • Michael De Groote, Mormon Times
    March 8, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    According to flag expert John Hartvigsen, the huge U.S. flag "Nan B.W. - 10:28 a.m." is asking about was hung from the ceiling in the Tabernacle for the statehood celebration. An electric light was behind Utah's star and shone at the appropriate moment. It was later hung from the side of the Temple tower-to-tower (it would appear to have been hung backwards from today's flag rules, but it was perfectly fine in the 1890s). Even then, the weight of the flag was tearing itself apart. The flag was rolled up and stored in a greenhouse where moisture and mold got to it. Finally, when the flag's condition was too awful for repair, it was respectfully retired by being burned.

  • Nan B.W.
    March 8, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    When I taught Utah history in the 1990s we found a story about a U.S. Flag (relating this to Leslie C.O. comment)that was also lost. This one was huge, it was draped across the top of the tabernacle, and required the work of many seamstresses and designers. It was used for events recognizing Utah statehood as I recall. Has the flag sleuth searched for this flag, even perhaps located it? It seemed to my students and me that such a huge flag would be hard to "misplace." In any case, finding the flag in the story is exciting!

  • ValPal
    March 8, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    I wish our state flag wasn't so busy and was simple like Texas's flag. Utah's is complicated but I love it.

  • Leslie C. O.
    March 8, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    My grandmother talks about working on the flag made for Utah Statehood in 1896, in her life history. She was young (about 10) at the time but helped her older sister, who was prominent in growing the silkworms and spinning the silk for this flag. It was finished and sent to Washington DC. Years later, she was surprised and pleased to see the flag displayed in the Smithsonian Institute in a display which was titled, "Utah Silk". She went back about a year later to show a grandson, but the display had been taken down and as they were doing repairs in that part of the complex, no one was available who knew where this flag was.
    She later made a short movie of how they grew the worms and spun the silk.
    She was so proud of her ability to have had a small part in Utah history.
    The flag they made was not the blue flag shown, but a U.S. flag with red and white stripes and the white star added in the blue area for Utah.

  • Please check
    March 8, 2010 6:32 a.m.

    Has anyone challenged the authenticity of this find before making such a big deal about it? Maybe we have another Mark Hofmann on the loose...

  • Buttons
    March 8, 2010 5:43 a.m.

    Good Job. Thanks for all your hard work and the team that found it.

    We all benefit,

  • Mike Winder
    March 7, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    I'm continually amazed at the great historical finds that Ron Fox helps to unearth. Nice job to him and to Phil's team at State History! Our understanding of Utah's history is richer because of their tenacity.