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100 years ago

President Lorenzo Snow and his counselors in the First Presidency, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, led a delegation to Nebraska for the Omaha Trans-Mississippi Exposition for Utah Day, reported the Oct. 21, 1898, Deseret News.

The exposition set aside Oct. 20 to honor Utah.

Speeches by the members of the First Presidency and by Utah Gov. Heber M. Wells were received with interest by those attending the event, the article reported.

An exposition official welcomed the Utahns and said, "The Utah exhibit will not [sic] be of second interest to none. The history of Utah was more fascinating than any romance," according to the Deseret News.

The article continued: "President Snow contrasted the uninhabited and desolate Omaha of fifty years ago with its grandeur and glory of today. He then indulged in stirring reminiscences of settling up of Salt Lake City. He said he was as rich as any one when he arrived there, for he had 5 cents in his pocket."

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