57 Amazing Facts About Utah State And Its Capital Salt Lake City

Mourbi Dutta
Mar 20, 2023 By Mourbi Dutta
Originally Published on Mar 20, 2023
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Downtown Salt Lake City skyline, Utah in USA.

Utah is located in the western subregion of the United States.

It shares borders with Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. The Great Basin comprises the vast majority of Utah's western side.

Geographic Location Of Utah

Utah has some amazing natural monuments and locations that every lover of Western movies should be acquainted with. Find out some amazing facts about the geography of Utah.

  • Utah was settled by Mormon settlers in 1847. They were given to the US in 1848 and ultimately admitted as a state in 1896.
  • Utah shares its corners with Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. The confluence of four states can be found only here in the United States.
  • Utah is often referred to as the 'Crossroads of the West' due to its strategic location in the Intermountain West. The Rocky Mountains, Colorado Plateau, and the Basin and Ridge Region make up its three main geographical regions.
  • One of the heaviest creatures on Earth is found in Utah. The are 47,000 genetically similar trees that make up the Trembling Giant in the Fishlake National Forest. They are connected by a single root system.
  • Utah is said to be home to 'The Greatest Snow on Earth'. This assertion is supported by the idea that the snow in this state is purportedly dryer and lighter than that in other states. This makes it ideal for deep-powder skiing.
  • In the midst of Utah sits the town of Levan, which is 'navel' spelled backward. Local mythology claims that the town's name came from its location near the state's belly button. However, Brigham Young is credited with choosing the name.
  • In Promontory, Utah, the first transcontinental railroad in the US was finished in 1869. The project took seven years to develop, and construction started in Sacramento to the west and Omaha to the east.
  • Kings Peak is the tallest peak in Utah, and it is situated in the Uinta Mountains. The peak measures 13,528 ft (4,123 m).
  • The three major land regions present in the state are the Colorado Plateau, the Rocky Mountains, and the Basin and Ridge Region.
  • With enough room to spare, the state of Utah could fit inside California twice. Virginia could only fit half of Utah.
  • The 30,000 acres of barren, closely packed salt pan make up the Bonneville Salt Flats. The area is well-liked by speed-seeking land racers due to its very flat and smooth surface.
  • When Norman Craig Breedlove lost control of his jet-powered Spirit of America on the flats in 1964, he broke the record for the longest continuous tire skid. The ensuing skid marks spanned six kilometers.
  • Every Utah county has a national forest in some form.
  • Utah is the most religiously homogenous state in the union. 60% of its population is Mormon. This is evident in a variety of facets of the state's culture, with its distinctive liquor regulations serving as one prominent example.
  • By eating swarms of bugs that threatened to destroy the pioneers' crops in 1847, seagulls helped save their lives. The incident was known as the 'Miracle of the Gulls.
  • In 1913, a monument in Salt Lake City's Temple Square was built to honor it. It included two bronze seagulls sitting on a granite column. Since that time, the California Gull has served as Utah's official state bird.
  • One of the biggest raptors ever identified was found in Utah. It was given the name Utahraptor.
  • There are more than 2000 unman-made sandstone arches in Utah's Arches National Park. Hikers have in the past been granted the privilege of naming unrecorded arches that they have found.
  • The only other state with a three-word capital is Utah. Due to its closeness to the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City was formerly known as 'Great Salt Lake City'. This is until the decision was made in 1868 to omit the prefix.
  • Kane County is probably what you picture when you think of the Old West if you're influenced by movies and television episodes like 'Stagecoach', 'The Lone Ranger', and 'Gunsmoke'. Because it has served as the setting for several Western films throughout the years, it is sometimes referred to as 'Little Hollywood'.
  • The Uintah County Library is home to a collection of handcrafted dolls that are based on each First Lady of the United States up through Nancy Reagan.
  • One of the largest artificial holes on the planet is located in Utah. The Bingham Canyon mine has produced 18.1 million tonnes of copper since the Kennecott Copper Corp. Astronauts passing above the state may see the hole clearly due to its enormous size.
  • Jim Bridger believed he had reached the Pacific Ocean when he became the first English-speaking person to find the Great Salt Lake in 1824.
  • Utah is the nation's most philanthropic population. Utah placed top in the proportion of income provided to charity.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the state's five national parks. The park's vast forests of Hoodoos, or thin rock pillars sculpted by years of erosion, are its most distinctive feature.
  • The first department store situated in the country was located in Utah. The Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution, or ZCMI, was established in Salt Lake City in 1868. It was set up by the founder of the Mormon sect Brigham Young.
  • The famed Cottonwood Canyons in Utah have an 8.5% snow density. This is ideal for a fantastic ski powder day.
  • Every year, Utah lake loses close to 41% of its volume. There once was a showboat on the lake with dancers on the deck and an orchestra.

History Of Utah

Utah has one of the most interesting histories of any state in the union. Let us learn some amazing historical facts about Utah in this section.

  • Historical research indicates that January 13 is the ideal winter day for skiing in Utah. There is the greatest chance of snowfall on this day.
  • The Ute tribe of Native Americans gave Utah its name. Long before the first European settlers in America, the tribe called this place home. The Ute tribe historically traded with Spanish explorers and other Native American tribes in addition to hunting, fishing, and gathering food. There are presently three tribal reserves in the state.
  • There is archaeological evidence that Native Americans have lived in the Utah area for at least 12,000 years.
  • Utah is the state with the highest literacy rate in the United States.
  • Utah's Great Salt Lake has four times as much salt as any ocean. It is so salty because salt and other minerals were left behind when the old Lake Bonneville dried up. The salt deposits were more concentrated in the lake as it shrank since there was no stream flowing out to sea.
  • Although 'Utahans' is the technically proper word to refer to persons who live in Utah, the majority of Utahns obstinately call themselves 'Utahns'.
  • The name of the Ute Native American tribe is where the word 'Utah' originates. The name translates to 'mountain people'.
  • After Nevada, Utah is the second-driest state in the US. Utah has roughly 300 sunny days annually on average.
  • Jim Bridger was the first Caucasian to observe the Great Salt Lake, arriving there in 1824. Because it was so salty, he originally believed he had reached the Pacific Ocean. However, he quickly discovered that it was really a massive salt lake.
  • Thousands of travelers from the East stopped at the Great Salt Lake area. In 1830, it was known as Lake Youta.
  • The town of Fillmore in Utah was named after President Millard Fillmore. It was chosen as the original capital. In 1856, Salt Lake City took its position as the territorial capital. Up until 1868, Salt Lake City was also known as Great Salt Lake City.
  • Over 120 unarmed settlers, including women and children, were killed by a party of Mormon militiamen during the Utah War. The militia first claimed that the settlers were slain by Native Americans.
  • Although historians blame war panic and distrust of strangers for the massacre, the exact reasons why it happened are still unknown. Scholars continue to disagree about who is to blame for the massacre. People either blame Brigham Young, the founder of the Mormon church, or the regional authorities in southern Utah.
  • The majority of the state's early white inhabitants belonged to the Book of Mormon-following Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is why Utah is known as the 'Beehive State'. 
  • More Utah residents are married than residents of any other state in the union. Couples in Utah wed earlier than those in any other state in the union.
  • Kanab in Utah is sometimes referred to as 'Little Hollywood'. This is because it has been the location of more than 100 films and several television programs since 1924. 'Stage Coach', 'The Lone Ranger', 'Planet of the Apes', and 'Sergeants 3' are examples of well-known motion movies filmed in the place.
  • Lagoon is the third-oldest roller coaster in the US and is the oldest continuously functioning amusement park in the American West. It is situated near Farmington, Utah.
  • The snow in Utah is dry and powdery because of Utah's high elevation and desert-like environment.
  • The federal government of the United States owns more than two-thirds of Utah's land.
  • Utah was once a piece of Laramidia, a continent that existed around 75 million years ago. Utah is one of the top U.S. locations for finding dinosaur fossils since this area was hot, marshy, and home to many dinosaurs.

Utah Customs And Traditions

Utah has its very own traditions and customs that are followed exclusively in the state. Here are some facts about the customs and traditions of the Beehive State that you may not be aware of.

  • Employing trombone players to perform on the street to promote an auction is against the law in Utah. In addition, hunting whales and fishing while mounted is prohibited. It is against the law to cross the street in Salt Lake City with a violin in a paper bag.
  • Mormons make up around 62% of Utah's population. In terms of religious diversity, Utah is the most unified state in the union.
  • Utah's pubs and restaurants have a special wall that keeps clients who are ordering beverages away from the bartenders who are making their drinks. Their aim is to discourage binge drinking by hiding alcohol. Locals refer to these dividers as 'Zion Curtains'.
  • The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah. It also hosts events like the Utah Shakespearean Festival, DOCUTAH Film Festival, and the Red Rock Film Festival alongside the Sundance film festival.
  • The Salt Lake Buzz of Triple A baseball, the Utah Grizzlies of the International Hockey League, the Utah Jazz of the NBA, and the Utah Starzz of the WNBA are among Utah's professional sports clubs
    Delicate Arch at Arches National Park

Utah Famous Food

Utah is known for its rich food history, and its Dutch oven is the state symbol. These food facts will help you learn more about Utah's famous food culture.

  • Utah is the only state to feature a cooking pot among its state symbols. In 1997, the Dutch oven was endorsed by the legislature as a state symbol.
  • These cast iron cooking pans would have been prized possessions for westward Mormon pioneers entering the state in the 19th century.
  • In 1997, Utah designated the Dutch oven as its official state emblem.
  • Compared to the rest of the population, Utahns consume twice as much lime green Jell-O. In Utah, adding shredded carrots to the sweet dessert is a common method to enjoy it.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, is 1500 miles (2414.01 m) west of Kentucky. It was the site of the first KFC. The first serving of the well-known fried chicken dish took place at Leon W. 'Pete' Harman's restaurant. He was a friend of Colonel Sanders and a native of Utah. Sanders was successful in persuading his buddy to add the chicken to the Harman cafe's menu when paying him a visit at his residence.
  • There are at least 12 local breweries in Salt Lake City. The culture of microbrew blew up since the opening of the Wasatch Brewery in 1986 in nearby Park City.
  • Utah State University allows visitors to taste the blue mint with Oreos and white chocolate chips ice cream flavor that is only made in the university. The invention is believed to have come from the students and staff of the food science program.
  • Fry sauce is a Utahn invention and was created in the 1950s by Don Carlos Edwards. The dish is created by using a mixture of equal parts mayonnaise and ketchup or two parts mayonnaise and one part ketchup. The smooth and thick consistency of the sauce can be seen in its pink coloration.
  • The Beehive state usually gets its name from the hardworking population of the state. Still, there also happens to be an abundance of honey because of local farmers.

Did You Know...

  • The western state of Utah is home to renowned ski areas, magnificent national and state parks, and exceptional natural beauties. It is renowned for its history, culture, and wide range of well-attended events. Here are some fun facts about Utah that you will definitely enjoy.
  • Philo T. Farnsworth was born in Beaver, Utah. He is most known for creating a working prototype of the first all-electric television. He invented a magnetic auto lock as a youngster. Farnsworth won a national competition by converting his parent's household equipment to electric power.
  • In his high school chemistry class, he originally drew down his idea for the vacuum tube that would eventually revolutionize television. Still, his instructor and other students dismissed it at the time.
  • In Salt Lake City, there is a family-owned novelty business called Loftus International. The company sells between 10,000 and 20,000 rubber chickens annually.
  • The inventor of the Frisbee is Walter Fredrick Morrison, a native of Utah. Throwing tin cake pans back and forth on the beach with his future bride served as the basis for the concept.
  • In 1948, he started his own 'Pluto Platters' manufacturing business.
  • The state mammal of Utah is the rocky mountain elk.
  • The six national forests in the state are Wasatch-Cache, Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-LaSal, and Uinta. Additionally, it has seven national monuments and five national parks.
  • Utah's state seal has two dates on it. One is 1847, which is the date Mormon settlers arrived. The other one was in 1896, when Utah became the 45th state.
  • Utah is infamous for its high rate of prescription drug abuse. 
  • The desert bighorn sheep is an incredibly adapted sheep that can survive in the hot and dry climate of Utah.
  • The dispute regarding the construction of Lake Powell Reservoir and the Glen Canyon Dam is often credited with the birth of the modern-day persuasive environmental movement.
  • Utah was rated as the greatest state overall to live in by a Gallup survey conducted in 2012. The lowest three were West Virginia, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
  • David Archuleta, Butch Cassidy, Karl Malone, Donny and Marie Osmond, Robert Redford, Roseanne Barr, Loretta Young, James Woods, Chrissy Teigen, and Steve Young are just a few well-known Utahns.
  • The biggest employer in the state of Utah is Hill Air Force Base, which is close to Ogden, Utah.

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