Millard County is named after U.S. President Millard Fillmore as is the county seat, Fillmore. This county has had its place in Utah history as the intended Capitol of the state. Visitors can still visit one wing of what was going to be the capitol. The Territorial Statehouse is the oldest government building in Utah. It was used only twice by the territorial legislatures in 1855 and 1856. The legislature decided to move the capitol back to Salt Lake City when the legislature could not find enough places to stay in Fillmore during the 1856 session. During World War II, the Topaz Internment Camp near Delta, Utah was set-up in this area bringing over 8,000 Japanese American residents to the county.
While driving in Millard County be sure to look for the many volcanoes. Since these cone shaped volcanoes are not active, visitors can go up close to them, climb on them, and see many hardened lava flows that came directly from them. Also, one can visit Cove Fort, built out of lava rocks, in the area. It has been restored to represent what a fort on the early frontier may have looked like.
More information for Millard County can be found at the following sites:
- Delta Chamber of Commerce
- Ghost Towns - Millard County
- Utah's First Capitol
- Utah Counties Profile - Millard County
- Utah History For Kids - Millard County
- Utah History Encyclopedia - City of Fillmore
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Millard County
- U.S. Census Quickfacts - Millard County
- Visit Utah - Delta
- Visit Utah - Filmore