Utah – ipl Stately Knowledge: Facts about the United States


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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
CapitalSalt Lake City
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
GovernorGary Herbert (Republican, to January 2017)
Entered the UnionJanuary 4, 1896
as the 45th state
NicknameThe Beehive State
FlowerSego lily
BirdCalifornia gull
SongUtah, We Love Thee
Professional Sports TeamsUtah Jazz (Basketball); Real Salt Lake (Soccer)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of NameFrom the ute tribe, meaning people of the mountains
Historical SitesMormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City
Points of InterestNational Parks such as Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, capital Reef, and Zion ; National Monuments such as Dinosaur, Natural Bridges, and Rainbow Bridge; and Monument Valley
Bordering StatesUtah borders Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.
FlagUtah's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Utah from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Utah
    The site provides a wealth of information about Utah. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Utah
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Utah’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Utah Attractions
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Utah.
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Check out this site for choir facts, concerts and events, ticket purchases, auditions, and other information about the world-famous choir.
  • Utah Conservation Data Center
    Learn about Utah’s different animal species at this site, developed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
  • Ogden Union Station
    Once the hub of transcontinental rail traffic for over fifty years, this station now houses a variety of fascinating museums and galleries, including the Utah State Railroad Museum, the Union Station Natural History Museum, the Browning Firearms Museum, the Wattis-Dumke Model Railroad Museum, the Browning-Kimball Car Museum and two art galleries – the Gallery at the Station and the Myra Powell Gallery.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Utah
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Utah.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • Utah was acquired by the United States in 1848 in the treaty ending the Mexican-American War.
  • Mormons, fleeing religious prosecution in the east, settled in Utah and started building Salt Lake City in 1847.
  • Utah has 11,000 miles of fishing streams and 147,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs.
  • Utah has a thriving computer industry, and is home to large, well known computer software companies such as Novell and Word Perfect.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Rosanne, actress of Rosanne fame.
  • Donny and Marie Osmond, singers and actors.
  • J. Willard Marriott, founder of the Marriott restaurant and hotel chain.
  • Merlin Olsen, former Los Angles Rams football player and commentator for NBC sports.
  • Reed Smoot, first Morman elected to U.S. Senate.