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Learning About the U.S. State of Utah

A group of Mormon pilgrims led by Brigham Young was looking for freedom from religious persecution when they entered the Great Salt Lake Valley and established a settlement in 1847. This was the beginning of the state of Utah. The state got its name from Ute, an Indian tribe who was living there before the pioneers came. At Promontory, Utah the golden spike was driven to note the completion of the first transcontinental railroad line. Utah became the 45th state to enter the Union. Utah has a lot of natural beauty and is home to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Arches National Park. Utah as an amazing landscape with natural bridges, canyons, and mysterious moonscapes.

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    Did Utah begin with the Mormon pioneers?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Did the Ute Indians give the state its name?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Does Utah have 5 national parks?

    • Yes
    • No
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    What is Utah’s capital?

    • Salt Lake City
    • Ogden
    • Provo
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    What is the state’s nickname?

    • Mormon State
    • The Beehive State
    • Natural Beauty State
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    What is the state song?

    • My Utah
    • Utah
    • Utah…This Is the Place
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    What is the state flower?

    • Sego lily
    • Snowdrop
    • Wild rose
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    What is the state bird?

    • California gull
    • Pelican
    • Albatross
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    What is the state tree?

    • Chestnut
    • Quaking aspen
    • Birch
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    What is the state animal?

    • Rocky Mountain Elk
    • Moose
    • Wild Mule
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    What is the state fish?

    • Bonneville Cutthroat trout
    • Shark
    • Pike


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    • Great score, Doc. The Mormons were running from religious persecution and once they made it to the Utah territory they decided to stay there and practice their religion freely. That is why Utah is a Mormon state and Salt Lake City is their headquarters so to say. This explains further

      The Salt Lake Temple (4) is the most recognizable of all Latter-day Saint temples and is an international symbol of the church. It is the largest temple of the church, with a total floor area of 253,000 square feet (23,500 m2)

      • Actually, the Mormons were booted out of Michigan in 1848 after they started a Civil war of sorts in the state of Michigan. Their gubernatorial candidate was roundly defeated in the state election and they protected with force.

        The state, invited them, as a group, to leave.

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