Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy Birthday, Utah!

Today is the anniversary of Utah being admitted to our United States of America.

Date of Admittance: January 4, 1896

Parentage: The word "utah" is said to be based on the Ute tribe's name, which means "people of the mountains." 

Place in the Family 
Number 45
Utah was admitted six years after Wyoming (July 1890)
and 11 years before Oklahoma (Nov 1907)

Because....they have almost none? 

The Bee-Hive State
Native Utahans claim to resemble the lowly bee in their commitment to hard-work and their sense of team-work. Utah considers itself a very hard-working and industrial place (hence the motto quoted above.) This isn't because there are a gazillion bee-hives in the state. 

On the License Plate 
"Life Elevated" and one of the Arches from Arches National Park 

State Flag 
A blue flag with the state symbol in the center.
I don't mind the seal so much, but I am so not a fan of 
words on flags! If you have to put your state's name on your
flag, you're doing something wrong. (And the dates are 
the arrival of the Mormons in 1847 and the date of 

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Utah" 
Salt Lake City
Actual State Capital:Salt Lake City

State Size (Area) is 13th of 50
Population is closer to 34th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Utah Sports: 
NBA (Utah Jazz)

Anybody From Utah
Ever Grow Up To Be President?

Good vs Evil 
Sundance Film Festival
New West Independent Films

Butch Cassidy
Old West Train Robber

Utah Celebrities
Great Salt Lake

Monument Valley
star of John Ford westerns

Arches National Park

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
"America's Choir" 

The Great Brain
series of books by John D. Fitzgerald
and Mercer Mayer

The Osmonds
"One Bad Apple" etc etc!

Mike Lookinland 
actor, "The Brady Bunch"

Anthony Geary
actor, "General Hospital"

Merlin Olsen
actor, "Little House On The Prairie"
James Woods
actor, "Ghosts of Mississippi"

Roseanne Barr
actress, comedienne 

Jared & Jerush Hess
"Napoleon Dynamite"

A Song For You.... 
"Battle Hymn of the Republic" 
performed by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
(it was either them or the Osmonds, and I 
figured most people have seen & heard 
the Osmonds already, so....!)

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