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Utah is a state in the United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 33rd-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. See the fact file below for more information about the state of Utah.
Salt Lake City
Became a State
January 4, 1896 (45th)
western United States
84,899 sq. miles (13th)
2,763,885 sq. miles (34th)
Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, Logan , St. George, Richfield, Cedar City
mining, cattle ranching, salt production, petroleum, coal
dry, mostly desert climate, although its mountains feature a large variety of climates
averages 15 inches
Professional Sports Teams
Utah Jazz (National Basketball Association)
Green River, Colorado River, Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake, Lake Powell
Most Famous Citizens
Butch Cassidy (outlaw)
Philo Farnsworth (television pioneer)
Danny and Marie Osmond (entertainers)
Maude Adams (actress)
Bird – California Seagull
Flower – Sego Lily
Animal – Rocky Mountain Elk
Tree – Blue Spruce
Insect – Honeybee
State History, Events & Geography:
- The Anasazi are also called the “Cliff Dwellers” because they carved large cities out of the walls of cliffs.
- The Anasazi disappeared from the area around 1300 AD.
- The Spanish were the first Europeans to explore the region in 1540.
- Religious leader Brigham Young and his Mormon movement settled in the region in 1847.
- Utah became the 45th state to be admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896.
- Native American tribes formed over thousands of years, including the Navajo, Goshute, Ute, Paiute, Bannock, and Shoshone.
- Their ancestors still live in the state today.
- The first Spanish explorers reached the land around 1776.
- But in 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain and claimed parts of the area.
- In 1848, the United States won the Mexican-American War.
- As part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico ceded Utah to the United States.
- In 1896, Utah became the 45th state.
- Utah comes from the Ute word ‘yutas’, which is said to mean “the people,” or “people of the mountains.”
- Utah is nicknamed the Beehive State because the early pioneers considered themselves as hardworking as bees.
- The name is thought to have been coined by people of the Mormon faith, who came to Utah in 1847 seeking religious freedom.
- This western state is bordered by Idaho and Wyoming to the north, Colorado to the east, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west.
- Its southeastern corner touches Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.
- It’s the only place in the country where four states come together.
- Utah has three major geographic areas: The Rocky Mountains, the Basin and Ridge Region, and the Colorado Plateau.
- The Rocky Mountains region runs from northeastern Utah through the center of the state. It includes the 13,528-foot Kings Peak, Utah’s highest point.
- The Rocky Mountain elk is the state animal, common in Utah’s mountains.
- Desert bighorn sheep, mountain lions, white-tailed jackrabbits, piute ground squirrels, and Hopi chipmunk are also among Utah’s mammals.
- Some birds that fly through the state include red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, golden eagles, red-winged blackbirds, and green-tailed towhees.
- Manmade ponds in Moab, Utah, produce potassium chloride, which is used in fertilizer, medicines, and food.
- The state also mines uintaite (also called gilsonite), a shiny black rock used in making cement, asphalt, and paint.
- Copper is the state mineral, and Utah is home to one of the world’s largest open-pit copper mines.
- Rock hounds can visit Utah for its semi-precious stones including rare red beryl, the purple bertrandite, and topaz.
- Hotel chain founder J.W. Marriott, and early television inventor Philo T. Farnsworth were born in Utah.
- The Sundance Film Festival, an annual independent film festival, is held in Park City, Utah.
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Utah Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is a U.S. state located in the south Atlantic region of the United States. Geographically, states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. surround Virginia.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Utah Facts
- State Symbols
- Native Americans
- Match It!
- State Mineral
- True or False
- State Borders
- Precious Stones
- Poet’s Corner
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