Utah - Fast Facts & Trivia

Arches National Park

  • The Escalante River is generally considered the last major river to be "discovered" in the adjacent US.

  • The controversy surrounding the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell is often referred to as the beginning of modern environmental movement.

  • Capitol Reef National Park protects the Waterpocket Fold a 100-mile crater in the Earth's crust that geologists know as monoclinic. The Waterpocket Fold stretches from Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River.

  • Cedar Hills is built on an alluvial fan or bench that originated thousands of years ago when it was a shoreline of Lake Bonneville.

  • Fillmore was Utah's first territorial capital and was named after US President Millard Fillmore. The statehouse was never completed, but the first wing is Utah's oldest government building and now serves as a state museum.

  • The magnificent steam locomotive of the Heber Valley Railroad and ten passenger cars have been shot in over 31 films over the past 20 years.

  • The 4th Fighter Squadron of Hill Air Force Base, also known as the Fightin 'Fuujins, became the US Army's first operational Tactical Fighter Squadron in March 1980. The nickname of the squadron "Fuujin" refers to the Okinawa god of the wind.

  • The town of Hurricane is in tune with traffic to the national parks and Lake Powell. The average daily traffic on Hurricane State Street is 7,397 visitors per day or over 2.7 million visitors per year.

  • The Tuacahn High School of Performing Arts in Ivins is the first charter school in the state of Utah. The name Tuacahn comes from a Mayan word meaning "gorge of the gods".

  • Kanab is called "Park Central" because it is just minutes from a large number of three (3) National Parks, three (3) National Monuments, one (1) National Recreation Area and two (2) State Parks. Two (2) national forests and wilderness areas of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also surround Kanab.

  • Kanab is known as Utah's Little Hollywood because of the large number of films being made in the area.

  • Kaysville became a town on March 15, 1868, and became the first town to be incorporated into Davis County.

  • La Verkin at the entrance to Zion National Park is a beautiful valley and is called "Garden Spot of Dixie".

  • Beaver is the birthplace of two very famous figures of the past, Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television, and Butch Cassidy, the notorious Western outlaw.

  • Utah is the only state whose capital consists of three words. All three words in Salt Lake City have four letters each.

  • Utah was acquired in 1848 by the United States in the treaty that ended the Mexico War.

  • Utah has 11,000 miles of fish streams and 147,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs.

  • The name "Utah" comes from the indigenous "Ute" tribe, meaning people of the mountains.

  • Utah covers 84,900 square miles of land and is the 11th largest state in the United States.

  • The federal government owns 65% of the country.

  • The Great Salt Lake, which is about 75 miles long and 35 miles wide, covers more than one million hectares.

  • The television series "Touched by an Angel" is shot in Utah.

  • Utah has the highest literacy rate in the nation.

  • The largest public employer in Utah is the state government of Utah.

  • The Navajo Indians were called by the Apaches as "Yuttahih", which means "a higher one".

  • The completion of the world's first transcontinental railroad was celebrated in Promontory, where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. Today it is known as the Golden Spike National Historic Site

  • Levan, "navel" is written backwards. It's called that because it's in the middle of Utah.

  • Utah is the location of the first department store of nations. Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution was founded in the late 1100%. It is still in operation as ZCMI today.

  • The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City lasted 40 years. The Mormon temples in St. George, Manti and Logan Utah were completed in front of the Salt Lake Temple.

  • Interstate 70 comes from Grand Junction Colorado to the eastern edge of the state and ends where it intersects Interstate 15 near Cove Fort. This section of Interstate 70 is one of the most abandoned sections of interstate in the United States.

  • Rainbow Bridge, the abstract sculpture of nature carved from solid sandstone, is the largest natural stone span in the world. It stands 278 feet wide and 309 feet high.

  • The Great Salt Lake extends over 2,100 square miles with an average depth of 13 feet. The lowest point is 34 feet.

  • The average snowfall in the mountains near Salt Lake City is 500 inches.

  • Utah's snow is unusually dry due to the country's inland location. Earn the reputation of having the largest powder in the world. 14 ski resorts in Utah are in operation.

  • Utah mountain peaks are, on average, the highest in the country. The average height of the highest peaks in each of Utah's counties is 11,222 feet - higher than the same average in every other state.

  • Salt Lake City was originally called Great Salt Lake City. Great was deleted from the name in 1868.

  • State symbol: The hive symbolizes thriftiness and industry.

  • State Animal: The Rocky Mountain Elk.

  • State fish: the rainbow trout.

  • The Uinta Mountains are named after the Ute Indians.

  • The Wasatch Mountains are named after an Indian Ute name meaning "mountain pass" or "low place in a high mountain".

  • The name Utah comes from the Native American tribe and means people from the mountains.

  • During the Second World War, the Alta ski center was included in the war effort as paratroopers of the 10th Mountain Regiment trained on their slopes.

  • Annual rainfall varies from less than five inches in Utah's dry Great Salt Lake Desert to more than 60 inches in the northern mountain ranges.

  • Utah's professional sports teams include the NBA's Utah Jazz, Triple A Baseball's Salt Lake Buzz, the International Hockey League's Utah Grizzlies Hockey Club and the WNBA's Utah Starzz.

  • Utah has five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef.

  • Utah has seven national monuments: Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaurs, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave and Hovenweep.

  • Utah has two national recreational areas: Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon.

  • Utah has six national forests: Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-LaSal, Uinta and Wasatch Cache.

  • Salt Lake City hosted the XIX Winter Olympics on February 8 and 24, 2002. Together with more than 2,000 athletes from 85 nations, the world shared the drama and excitement of 75 medal events in 10 different sports.
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