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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
|Capital||Salt Lake City|
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
|Governor||Gary Herbert (Republican, to January 2017)|
|Entered the Union||January 4, 1896|
as the 45th state
|Nickname||The Beehive State|
|Song||Utah, We Love Thee|
|Professional Sports Teams||Utah Jazz (Basketball); Real Salt Lake (Soccer)|
(sports listing policy)
|Origin of Name||From the ute tribe, meaning people of the mountains|
|Historical Sites||Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City|
|Points of Interest||National 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 States||Utah borders Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.|
Follow these links to read articles about Utah from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Official State Links
- Utah.gov: the Official Website of the State of Utah
This is the official website for the State of Utah.
- Utah State Library Division Agency
Here is the homepage for the Utah State Library Agency.
- Utah State Historical Society/Division of State History
Here is the homepage for the Utah State Historical Society.
- The Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Here is the homepage for the Utah State Museum of Natural History.
- Utah Division of State Archives
Here is the homepage for the Utah State Archives.
- Utah State Parks and Recreation
Here is the homepage for Utah State Parks.
- Utah.com: the Official Travel Site of the State of Utah
Here is the official state travel website for Utah.
- Utah Kids
Here is a state site with facts about Utah just for kids.
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.