The 45th State


Utah is a western state that is defined by its vast expenses of desert and Wasatch Range mountains. The state bird is the 'Ring-billed Gull'. The Gull is a common and familiar seagull across North America from coastal beaches to malls in the middle of the continent. The state flower is 'Sego Lily' (Calochortus nuttalli), which is a bulbous perennial which is endemic to the Western United States. Also, the state tree is 'Quaking Aspen', being a deciduous tree native to cooler areas of North America, one of several species referred to by the common name 'Aspen'.

State Flag

A national flag shows that Utah supports the United States. With the young pioneers having a few material resources at their disposal, they had to reply on their own industry to survive. In a blue field, appears the state's seal, 'The Great Seal'. In the center of the seal is a beehive, the state emblem, with a Sego Lily, the state flower, growing on either side. The Sego Lily is a formation for peace. The state motto "Industry" means steady effort. The eagle stands for protection in peace and war. The date 1847 represents the year that Brigham Young led a group of people to the Salt Lake Valley to reestablish in Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, know as The Mormons. The date 1896 represents the year that Utah gained admission to the Union of the United States.

Statehood and Government

This state became the 45th state in the United States on January 4th, 1896. The first Governor of the state was Heber Manning.

The current governor is Gary Herbert.


The state capital is Salt Lake City.
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Population and Economy

The current population of Utah is 2.943 million.

Agricultural products are cattle and calves, dairy products, and hogs. The cattle and calves, such as hay, is 34.4%. Dairy products, such as greenhouse/nursery, is 20.0%. Also, hogs, such as wheat, is 12.4%.

Mining products in Utah include copper, gold, silver, molybdenum, zinc, lead, and berylliam. Also, fossil fuels, including coal, petroleum, and natural gas, play a major role in Utah's economy.

Manufacturers add value to raw products by creating manufactured goods. Computer and electronic products, primary metals, and processed food and beverages, hit the top three rank of Utah's leading manufactured items.

Place To Visit

One special place to visit in Utah is Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands National Park is filled with beautifully carved canyons, sheer drop-offs, body-wide paths slithering through red rock, toured with edge. Split by 2 rivers, this majestic park in 4 zones, featuring sandstone spires & Island in the Sky mesa. This U.S national part is located in southeastern Utah, near the town of Moab.