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Utah ( YOO-tah, YOO-taw) is a state in the western United States. It is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast. Of the fifty U.S. states, Utah is the 13th-largest by area, and with a population over three million, the 30th-most-populous and 11th-least-densely populated. Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which is home to roughly two-thirds of the population, and Washington County in the south, with more than 170,000 residents.
The territory of modern Utah was inhabited by various indigenous groups for thousands of years, including the ancient Puebloans, the Navajo, and the Ute. The Spanish were the first to arrive in the mid-16th century, though the region's difficult geography and climate made it a peripheral part of New Spain and later Mexico. Even while it was part of Mexico, many of Utah's earliest settlers were American, particularly Mormons fleeing marginalization and persecution from the United States. Following the Mexican-American War, it became part of the Utah Territory, which included what are now Colorado and Nevada. Disputes between the dominant Mormon community and the federal government delayed Utah's admission as a state; only after the outlawing of polygamy was it admitted as the 45th, in 1896.
A little more than half of all Utahns are "Mormons", identifying as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which has its world headquarters in Salt Lake City; Utah is the only state where most of the population belongs to a single church. This greatly influences Utahn culture, politics, and daily life, though since the 1990s the state has become more religiously diverse as well as secular.
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Fawn McKay Brodie (September 15, 1915 - January 10, 1981) was an American biographer and one of the first female professors of history at UCLA, who is best known for Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History (1974), a work of psychobiography, and No Man Knows My History (1945), an early and still influential biography of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.
Raised in Utah
in a respected, if impoverished, Latter-day Saint
(LDS Church) family, Fawn McKay drifted away from Mormonism during her years of graduate work at the University of Chicago
. She married Bernard Brodie
, an ethnically Jewish academic who became a national defense expert; they had three children. Although Fawn Brodie eventually became one of the first tenured
female professors of history at UCLA, she is best known for her five biographies, four of which incorporate insights from Freudian psychology
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- April 14, 1983 - a landslide leads to the destruction of Thistle, Utah.
- April 15, 1948 - Utah's first television station, W6SIX, begins broadcasting.
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Harris pictured in The Banyan 1923
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Franklin Stewart Harris (August 29, 1884 - April 18, 1960) was president of Brigham Young University (BYU) from July 1921 until June 1945, and president of Utah State University from 1945 to 1950. His administration was the longest in BYU history and saw the granting of the first master's degrees. Under his administration the school became an accredited university. He set up several colleges, such as the College of Fine and Performing Arts with Gerrit De Jong as the founding dean.
Harris was an agricultural
scientist, holding a doctorate in agronomy
from Cornell University
. He had served as the agriculture department head and head of the experiment station at Utah State Agricultural College and left BYU to become president of that institution. Harris also traveled to Russia, Iran, and the Middle East in order to provide expert advice on agriculture issues. The Harris Fine Arts Center
on BYU's Provo
campus was named after him. Read more...
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Moab, Utah, from the northern canyon walls that surround it.
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The Wasatch Front region has seen large growth and development despite the economic downturn. Shown is the City Creek Center project, a development in downtown Salt Lake City with a price tag of $1.5-2.5 billion.
Mining has been a large industry in Utah since it was first settled. The Bingham Canyon Mine in Salt Lake County is one of the largest open pit mines in the world.
One out of every 14 flash memory chips in the world is produced in Lehi, Utah.
The boundaries of the provisional State of Deseret--as proposed in 1849--are shown with a dotted line. The Utah Territory as organized in 1850, is shown in blue with black outline.
Utah population density map
Map showing Utah in 1838 when it was part of Mexico, Britannica 7th edition
The Scott Matheson Courthouse is the seat of the Utah Supreme Court.
Map showing Utah in 1838 when it was part of Mexico. From Britannica 7th edition.
Children reading in Santa Clara, Utah, in 1940
A sketch of Salt Lake City in 1860
The Utah Jazz playing against the Houston Rockets
- Nickname: The Beehive State
- Capital and largest city: Salt Lake City
- Total area: 219,887 km2 (84,899 sq mi)
- Population (2010 Census): 2,736,424
- Date admitted to the Union: January 4, 1896
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Coordinates: 39°18?N 111°36?W / 39.3°N 111.6°W