4-44 The State of Utah

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The great state of Utah became the 45th state in the Union on January 4, 1896.  Its capital is Salt Lake City.  The name Utah is from the Ute Indians.

While residents of the eastern United States were declaring war with  England, the Catholic Spanish Explorers and Mexican traders drew maps and kept journals documenting Utah's terrain, and the native people, as well as plants and animals.  In the 1820's mountain men roamed northern Utah, taking advantage of the abundant fur trapping opportunities.  During 1847, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) migrated to the Salt Lake Valley seeking religious freedom.  More than 60,000 Mormons had come to the territory by covered wagon or handcart.  The first Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory, Utah in May of 1869.  After decades of conflict and misunderstandings, Utah became America's 45th state on January 4, 1896.

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "Industry"  
Nickname Beehive State  
State Bird California Gull 1955
State Flower Sego Lilly 1911
State Song "Utah, This is the Place" 2003
State Tree Blue Spruce 1933
State Vegetable Spanish Sweet Onion 2002
State Fruit Cherry 1997
State Flag 1913
State Insect Honeybee 1983
State Fish Bonneville Cutthroat Trout 1997
State Animal Rocky Mountain Elk 1971
State Mineral Copper 1994
State Rock Coal 1991
State Gemstone Topaz 1969

Complete the questions below.

1.  Utah became the 45th state in the Union on January 4, .

2.  The state motto is "."

3.  The Sego Lilly is the state .

4.  The state mineral is .

5.  The state vegetable is the .

6.  The state animal is the .

7.  Topaz is the state .

8.  The state insect is the .

9.  The state song is "."

10.  The state nickname is the .



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