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All About Utah: People of the Mountains or Little Hollywood?

by | Jun 27, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Utah is the only state in the country whose capital city is three words long. It borders Idaho to the north, Wyoming to the northeast, Colorado to the east, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. It’s also the second driest state in the United States, after Nevada.

Utah is not only famous for its stunning beauty, but also its history. Utah has been inhabited for thousands of years by various Native American tribes, including five major tribes that still live in the state: Ute, Navajo, Paiute, Goshute, and Shoshone.

What really happened…

  • About 75 million years ago, the Utah region was part of a landmass called Laramidia. It was swampy, hot, and full of dinosaurs!
  • The Anasazi people lived in the Utah region for just over one thousand years before disappearing. They lived in Utah in the 500s and disappeared in the 1300s.
  • The land of Utah was first invaded by Spanish explorers in 1776.
  • In 1821, Mexico claimed Utah from Spain, along with parts of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Nevada. Then in 1848, the United States won the Mexican-American War. As part of the treaty between the two countries, Mexico had to surrender Utah to the United States.
  • The state’s name comes from the Native American Ute tribe and means “people of the mountains”.
  • Jim Bridger was the first English-speaking person to discover the Great Salt Lake in 1824. He mistakenly thought he had reached the Pacific Ocean. Great Salt Lake contains between 4.5 and 4.9 tons of dissolved salt. Some parts of the lake are almost NINE TIMES saltier than the ocean.
  • In 1847, the first group of Mormon pioneers reached Salt Lake Valley. They came from the Midwest to escape religious discrimination and chose Utah as their new home. The global headquarters of the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is located in downtown Salt Lake City.

Stuff you should know…

Crazy, funny, or just plain weird…

  • In Utah, there is a town called “Levan”. Levan spelled backward is navel. According to local lore, the town got its name because it sits in the center, or at what would be the belly button, of the state.
  • There’s a law in Utah against hunting elephants. Really.

Tell me more!

  • In 2004, a NASA space capsule carrying particles from the sun crashed into the Utah desert.
  • Kanab, Utah is also known as “Little Hollywood” because over 100 movies and many TV series – mostly westerns – have been filmed there since 1924. To the adults out there, remember: Gunsmoke and Planet of the Apes?
  • The first electric traffic light using red and green lights was invented in 1912 by Lester Farnsworth Wire, a police officer in Salt Lake City. Likewise, Walter Fredrick Morrison, a Utah resident, invented the Frisbee®.

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