Utah State Geography

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Key Facts

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Population (1994): 1,908,000 (34th in size)

State size: 84,899 square miles (11th in size)

State Capital: Salt Lake City (named after the Great Salt Lake)

Major cities: Ogden, Provo and Salt Lake City

Admission to union: The 45th State

Date entered the union: January 4, 1896

Origin of state name: Named after the Yuta or Ute tribe

Nicknames: The Beehive State

Bordering states: Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada

State bird: Sea Gull

State flower: Sego Lily\

State tree: Blue Spruce

Motto: Industry


Geographic Landmarks

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The Great Salt Lake, Dinosaur National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Arches National Park are all significant landmarks.


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Natural resources include: copper, beryllium, gold, silver, lead and uranium. Agriculture includes cattle farming. Manufacturing includes food products, steel, and electronic equipment. Tourism is also a major part of the economy.


Historical Highlights

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  Home of the Ute tribe, Utah was first explored by the Spanish in 1776. Mormons, persecuted in other states, began to establish settlements in Utah starting in 1847.


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Utah

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Utah State Flag


Utah State Government home page

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