Utah

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Date of Statehood: January 4, 1896

Capital: Salt Lake City

Population: 2,763,885 (2010)

Size: 84,897 square miles

Nickname(s): Beehive State

Motto: Industry

Tree: Blue Spruce

Flower: Sego Lily

Bird: California Seagull

Utah Timeline
  • 500 - The Anasazi people lived in the region.
  • 1300 - The Anasazi people disappear.
  • 1600s - Native American tribes such as the Ute and Shoshone inhabit the land.
  • 1765 - Spanish explorer Juan Antonio de Rivera visits the area.
  • 1776 - Franciscan priests explore the land looking for a passage to California.
  • 1821 - Mexico becomes independent from Spain and takes control of Utah.
  • 1824 - Jim Bridger becomes the first European to see the Great Salt Lake.
  • 1847 - The Mormons arrive and found Salt Lake City.
  • 1848 - Utah becomes part of the United States after the Mexican-American War.
  • 1849 - The Mormons found the state of Deseret.
  • 1850 - The Utah Territory is established by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1861 - The First Transcontinental Telegraph is connected in Salt Lake City.
  • 1869 - The First Transcontinental Railroad is completed at Promontory Summit.
  • 1896 - Utah is admitted as the 45th state.
  • 1919 - Zion National Park is established.
  • 1964 - The Flaming Gorge Dam is completed.
  • 2002 - The Winter Olympics are held in Salt Lake City.

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