Utah Timeline History

Navajo homeland in Monument Valley

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arrow 700: Anasazi Indians built pueblos in the area

arrow 1600: Shoshone Indians now control the area

arrow 1776: Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Francesco Atanasio Dominguez explored Utah on way to California

arrow 1821: Mexico won its independence from Spain, and claimed all of Utah

arrow 1824: Jim Bridger discovered Salt Lake

arrow 1841: Capt. John Bartleson led first wagon train of settlers across Utah to California

arrow 1843: John C. Fremont and Kit Carson explored the Great Basin

arrow 1844: Ogden settled

arrow 1847: Brigham Young and Mormon pioneers arrived in Salt Lake Valley

arrow 1848: U. S. wins Mexican-American War; Treaty of Guadalupe signed; Utah ceded to the U.S.

arrow 1849: State of Deseret founded

arrow 1850: Utah becamea U. S. territory

arrow 1854: Grasshopper plague damaged crops

arrow 1861: Telegraph service began

arrow 1863: Silver and lead discovered in Bingham Canyon

arrow 1873: Polygamy outlawed by Congress

arrow 1890: Mormon church issued far-reaching Manifesto ending polygamy

arrow 1896: Utah became 45th state

arrow 1906: Copper mining began in Bingham Canyon

arrow 1914: Auto racing on Bonneville Salt Flats

arrow 1919: Zion National Park dedicated

arrow 1942-1945: Japanese-American relocation camp operated near Delta

arrow 1952: Duchesne Tunnel completed for irrigation; uranium discovered near Moab

arrow 1964: Flaming Gorge Dam completed; began to generate electricity

arrow 1985: Salt Lake City won 2002 Winter Olympic bid; Great Salt Lake flooded northern Utah

arrow 1996: Utah celebrated 100th birthday of statehood

arrow 1999: Tornado hit Salt Lake City downtown, caused over $100 million dollars of damage

arrow 2002: Winter Olympic games held

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