Utah State Flags & Banners available in all sizes in nylon and polyester. The Utah Territory gained statehood on January 4, 1896, becoming the 45th state. Utah is known for its natural diversity and is home to features ranging from arid deserts with sand dunes to thriving pine forests in mountain valleys. It is a rugged and geographically diverse state that is located at the convergence of three distinct geological regions: the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau. Utah also goes by the nickname The Beehive State The beehive became the official state emblem on March 4, 1959. Utahans relate the beehive symbol to industry and the pioneer virtues of thrift and perseverance. See more Utah gift ideas and souvenirs.
The region was first explored for Spain in 1776. In 1824 the famous American frontiersman Jim Bridger discovered the Great Salt Lake.
Fleeing religious persecution, the Mormons arrived in 1847 and began to build Salt Lake City. The U.S. acquired the Utah region in the treaty ending the Mexican War in 1848, and the first transcontinental railroad was completed with the driving of a golden spike at Promontory Summit in 1869.
Utah became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896.
Some Utah Symbols
1. State Bird
2. State Fruit
3. State Flower
4. State Fish
5. State Insect
6. State Tree
7. State Mineral
8. State Gem
9. State Rock
10. State Animal
California Gull - Utah designated the California gull as official state bird in 1955.
Cherry -Utah designated the cherry as official state fruit in 1997.
Sego Lily - Utah designated the sego lily as the official state flower in 1911.
Bonneville Cutthroat Trout -Utah designated the Bonneville cutthroat trout as official state fish in 1997.
Honeybee - Utah designated the honeybee as official state insect in 1983.
Blue Spruce - Utah designated the blue spruce as the official state tree in 1933.
Copper - Utah designated copper as the official state mineral in 1994.
Topaz - Utah designated topaz as the official state gem in 1969.
Coal - Utah designated coal as the official state "rock" in 1991 (coal is not actually a rock, but a fossil fuel).
Rocky Mountain Elk - The Rocky Mountain elk became the official State animal of Utah in 1971. Called 'wapiti' by the Shawnee Indians, elk are members of the deer family and associate closely with the deer and moose of Utah.
Did you know?
The name "Utah" comes from the Native American "Ute" tribe and means people of the mountains.
Beaver is the birthplace of two very famous individuals of the past, Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television and Butch Cassidy, the notorious western outlaw.
Salt Lake City was originally named Great Salt Lake City. Great was dropped from the name in 1868.
Rainbow Bridge, Nature's abstract sculpture carved of solid sandstone, is the world's largest natural-rock span. It stands 278 feet wide and 309 feet high.
The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City took 40 years to complete. The Mormon temples in St. George, Manti and Logan Utah were completed before the Salt Lake Temple.
The Great Salt Lake covers 2,100 square miles, with an average depth of 13 feet. The deepest point is 34 feet.