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The name "Utah" originates from the Native American "Ute" tribe which means 'people of the mountains'
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Utah is the most religiously homogeneous state in the United States, the only state with a Mormon majority, and the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS Church or Mormons)


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Utah is one of only three U.S. states that have only lines of latitude and longitude for boundaries (Colorado and Wyoming are the other two)
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Utah is the only state where every county contains some national forest
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Utah is one of only two states in the United States to outlaw all forms of gambling (Hawaii is the other)
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The Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere.

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Utah is the only state whose capital's name is made of three words (Salt Lake City)
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Fillmore was Utah's first territorial capital and was named for U.S. President Millard Fillmore. Great Salt Lake City replaced Fillmore as the territorial capital in 1858. The word "Great" was dropped from the official name of the city in 1868. When Utah joined the Union as a state in 1896, Salt Lake City continued serving as the state capital city.
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Salt Lake City is the largest city ever to host Winter Olympic Games
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Utah's Great Salt Lake is bigger then the state of Rhode Island
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The Bonneville Salt Flats are home to the Bonneville Speedway, a site where numerous land-speed records have been set. One of those is the fastest motorcycle, which averaged 605.697 km/h (376.363 mi/h) over one kilometer. While this average was measured over two runs, Rocky Robinson — the driver of the streamlined motorcycle — hit a top speed of 634 km/h (394 mi/h).
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On May 10, 1869, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads were joined at Promontory Summit, an hour northwest of Salt Lake City, completing a transportation system that helped reduce transcontinental travel times from six months to one week. The location where the “Last Spike” was driven to connect the two railroads is protected as the Golden Spike National Historic Site. A tie made of California laurelwood bearing a silver plaque with the railroad’s completion date and four precious metal spikes were presented during the Golden Spike Ceremony; however, an ordinary tie and iron spikes were used to unite the rail lines.
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Utah has the highest literacy rate among the states in the United States.
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Great Salt Lake City was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, Isaac Morley, George Washington Bradley and several other Mormon followers. Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, they named the city "Great Salt Lake City" The word "Great" was dropped from the official name in 1868 by the 17th Utah Territorial Legislature.
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Rainbow Bridge in Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah, is the world's highest natural bridge. It has a span of 234 feet (71 m) and at the top it is 42 feet (13 m) thick and 33 feet (10 m) wide
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At Four Corners, in the southeast, Utah meets Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona at right angles, the only such meeting of states in the country.
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Utah has the highest birth rate among the states in the United States
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Utah has the youngest population of any U.S. state.
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Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is the busiest airport in Utah
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Completion of the world's first transcontinental railroad was celebrated at Promontory where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. It is now known as Golden Spike National Historic Site
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Levan, is "navel" spelled backwards. It is so named because it is in the middle of Utah.
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Utah is the site of the nations first department store. Zions Co-operative Mercantile Institution was established in the late 1800's. It is still in operation today as ZCMI.
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The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City took 40 years to complete. The Mormon temples in St. George, Manti and Logan Utah were completed before the Salt Lake Temple.
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Interstate 70 enters the eastern edge of the state, from Grand Junction Colorado, and ends where it intersects Interstate 15, near Cove Fort. This section of Interstate 70 is one of the most deserted stretches of Interstate in the United States.
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Rainbow Bridge, Nature's abstract sculpture carved of solid sandstone, is the world's largest natural-rock span. It stands 278 feet wide and 309 feet high.
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The Great Salt Lake covers 2,100 square miles, with an average depth of 13 feet. The deepest point is 34 feet.
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The average snowfall in the mountains near Salt Lake City is 500 inches.
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Because of the state's inland location Utah's snow is unusually dry. Earning it the reputation of having the world's greatest powder. 14 Alpine ski resorts operate in Utah.
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Utah mountain peaks, on average, are the tallest in the country. The average elevation of the tallest peaks in each of Utah's counties is 11,222 ft.-higher than the same average in any other state.
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Salt Lake City was originally named Great Salt Lake City. Great was dropped from the name in 1868.
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State symbol: The Beehive symbolizes thrift and industry.
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State animal: The Rocky Mountain Elk.
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State fish: The Rainbow Trout.
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The Uinta mountain range is named after the Ute Indians.
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The Wasatch mountain range is named after a Ute Indian name meaning "mountain pass" or "low place in a high mountain"
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The name Utah comes from the Native American Ute tribe and means people of the mountains.
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During World War II Alta ski center became involved in the war effort when paratroopers from the 10th Mountain Regiment trained on its slopes.
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Annual precipitation varies from less than five inches in Utah's arid Great Salt Lake Desert to more than 60 inches in the northern mountain ranges.
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Utah's professional sports teams include the Utah Jazz of the NBA, the Salt Lake Buzz of Triple A baseball, the Utah Grizzlies Hockey club of the International Hockey League and the Utah Starzz of the WNBA.
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Utah has five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef.
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Utah has seven national monuments: Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave and Hovenweep.
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Utah has two national recreation areas: Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon.
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Utah has six national forests: Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-LaSal, Uinta, and Wasatch-Cache.
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On February 8-24, 2002, Salt Lake City will host the XIX Olympic Winter Games. Along with more than 2,000 athletes from 85 nations, the world will share in the drama and excitement of 75 medal events in 10 different sports.
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The Escalante River is generally considered to be the last major river to be "discovered" in the contiguous United States.
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The controversy surrounding the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell is often cited as the beginning of the modern-day environmental movement.
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Top 10 cities of Utah with populations (2012 est.) are:
1. Salt Lake City: 186,440
2. West Valley City: 129,480
3. Provo: 112,488
4. West Jordan: 103,712
5. Orem: 88,328
6. Sandy: 87,461
7. Ogden: 82,825
8. St. George: 72,897
9. Layton: 67,311
10. Taylorsville: 58,652
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Capitol Reef National Park protects The Waterpocket Fold a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known to geologists as a monocline. The Waterpocket Fold extends from Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River.
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Cedar Hills is built upon an alluvial fan or bench, created thousands of years ago when it was a shoreline of Lake Bonneville.
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Fillmore was Utah's first territorial capitol and was named for U.S. President Millard Fillmore. The statehouse was never completed, but the first wing remains Utah's oldest governmental building and now serves as a state museum.