( The Beehive State )
The state gets its name from the Ute, meaning "people of the mountains," an Indian tribe who lived there before the pioneers arrived. The state known as Utah began when Brigham Young led a group of Mormon pilgrims seeking freedom from religious persecution into the Great Salt Lake Valley, where they established a settlement in 1847. Mormons, members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, make up a large percentage of the population of Utah. Utah became the 45th state of the Union in 1896. The golden spike completing the first transcontinental railroad line was driven at Promontory, Utah, in 1869, leading to a further influx of settlers. Utah is well-known for its snow-covered mountains and beautifully colored canyons. The wind and rain have formed rocks into many arches and natural bridges. The Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River; its waters are saltier than ocean water. The state's forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers are excellent for boating, fishing, hunting, sightseeing, skiing and swimming. One of Utah's most interesting places to visit is Mormon Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Utah include:
The Flag of Utah|
Entered the Union in 1896 as the 45th State; flag adopted in 1911, modified in 1913. The beehive symbolizes industry, while the American eagle and flags stand for loyalty to the Nation. The early settlers were saved from starvation by eating the sego lily, now recognized as the State flower.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Salt Lake City, 181,743; West Valley City, 108,896; Provo, 105,166; Sandy, 88,418; Orem, 84,324; Ogden, 77,226; West Jordan, 68,336; Layton, 58,474; Taylorsville, 57,439; St. George, 49,663
Business and Trade in Utah
Agriculture: Cattle, dairy products, hay, turkeys.
Industries: Machinery, aerospace, mining, food processing, electric equipment, tourism.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: American Seagull
- Flower: Sego Lily (calochortus gunnisonii)
- Tree: Blue Spruce (picea pungens)
- Song(s): Utah, We Love Thee
- Motto: Industry
Capital: Salt Lake City
2,233,169 (27.2 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 12th Largest
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Border States: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
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Housing: In Utah, there are 768,594 housing units, averaging to 9.4 per sq mile.