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The region was first explored for Spain by Franciscan friars Escalante and Dominguez in 1776. In 1824 the famous American frontiersman Jim Bridger discovered the Great Salt Lake.

Fleeing religious persecution in the East and Midwest, the Mormons arrived in 1847 and began to build Salt Lake City. The U.S. acquired the Utah region in the treaty ending the Mexican War in 1848, and the first transcontinental railroad was completed with the driving of a golden spike at Promontory Summit in 1869.

The State of Utah was organized as territory on Sept. 9, 1850 and entered the union as the 45th state on January 4, 1896. It has 29 Counties.

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Utah History

The State of Utah is bordered by Arizona (south), Colorado (east), Idaho, Nevada (west), New Mexico (southeast), Wyoming. It has a land area of 84,904 square miles making it the 13th largest state. The capital is Salt Lake City and the official state website is

The state's 2010 population was 2,763,885 and the largest cities (2010) are Salt Lake City (Capital), 186,440; West Valley City, 129,480; Provo, 112,488; West Jordan, 103,712; Orem, 88,328; Sandy, 87,461; Ogden, 82,825; St. George, 72,897; Layton, 67,311; Taylorsville, 58,652.

The State of Utah was named for the Ute Indians. The nickname is " Beehive State ". The State Motto is " Industry ".

Utah is located partially in the Rocky Mountains, in the western portion of the United States. It is made up of valleys, mountain peaks, deserts, plateaus, lakes, and a wide variety of other landscapes. It is a unique state, from its canyons to its interesting rock formations.

Utah's name comes from a word that roughly means "those who live high up" or "mountain dwellers" in a Native American language. When Europeans first came to the area, they thought that the word referred to the Ute tribe. So, the area became known as Utah. However, that was not the area's original name. Prior to that, it was known as Deseret, which meant "land of the honey bee" according to the Book of Mormon. That is also how Utah got the nickname "Beehive State."

Utah was known mainly as an agricultural and mining hub until the middle of the 1900s. However, by the end of the 1900s it was known for manufacturing a wide variety of items and its economy was quite diverse. Salt Lake City is the biggest city in the state of Utah and it has several other urban areas. However, it's the beautiful natural landmarks in the state that have caused tourism to be a major source of income to the state.

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