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Fun Facts About Utah

Utah is such a fun and interesting state that we have compiled some really unique and intriguing facts for you all about this great land

  • The state symbol is the beehive which symbolizes industry and thrift.
  • the average snowfall in Salt lake City is five hundred inches.
  • The state animal is the rocky mountain elk.
  • The LDS temple in downtown salt lake took over forty years to complete.
  • The state fish is the rainbow trout.
  • The name Utah comes from the native american Ute tribe and means people of the mountains.
  • Utah has two national recreation areas which are the Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon
  • Utah has five national parks.
  • The Uinta mountain range is named after the Ute Indians
  •  In world war two paratroopers trained on the slopes of the Alta ski center.
  •  In 2002 Utah hosted the Winter Olympics
  •  Utah has six national forests.
  •  Fillmore was Utah's first territorial capitol and was named for President Millard Fillmore but it was never completed and now serves as a state museum.
  •  The Heber valley railroad’s steam engine and railroad car have been filmed in over thirty motion pictures in the last twenty years.
  •  Kanab is known as Utah’s “Little Hollywood” because of the large number of motion pictures that are filmed in the area.
  •  Butch Cassidy was born in southern Utah in Beaver and is know to have spent time traveling and staying in the Utah town of Green River.
  • Utah is the only state whose capital has three words in it - all of which have four letters in them.
  • Utah was acquired by the United States in 1848 and in the treated that ended the Mexico war.
  •  Utah has eleven thousand miles of fishing stream.
  • Utah has over one hundred and forty thousand ares of both lakes and reservoirs.
  •  The great salt lake is sevetny-five miles long and thirty five miles wide.
  • The great salt lake covers over a million acres.
  • The television series “Touched By An Angel’ is filmed in Utah.
  • Utah is ranked as the eleventh largest state in the united states.
  • Utah covers over eighty thousand square miles of land.
  •  Utah has the highest literacy rate in the nation.
  •  Over sixty five percent of the land in Utah is owned by the federal government.
  •  The largest public employer in Utah is the Utah State government.
  • Utah was the forty-fifth state to enter the country.
  • Utah peaks, on average, are the tallest in the country.
  • Utah has the highest birth rate in the nation along with the lowest death rate.
  • Utah has the largest household size in the nation and is ranked third in the longest lifetime category.
  • Over seventy percent of Utah’s population are member of the LDS church.
  • Utah’s present constitution was adopted in 1896.
  • Utah’s state bird is the california gull and it’s a legendary story about how the bird ate a swarm of crickets that would have otherwise cause a great famine in the state.
  • Utah’s state flower is the sego lily and the state tree is the blue spruce.

These are just a few of the many fun facts you can find out about utah and there are lots of other interesting ones out there if you take the time to look.