UTAH FROM A TO Z
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A IS FOR AGRICULTURE & ARCHAEOLOGY
Utah celebrates ARCHAEOLOGY Month. The state has many Archaeological Sites. There are many petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock and it is a State Historical Monument. The Fremont People left distinct rock art on cliff walls. Range Creek has archaeological sites that are virtually untouched. Danger Cave has artifacts dating back over 9,500 years ago. The National Parks Service has an Archaeology Program.
Over 400 species of BIRDS are found in Utah. birdwatching is popular and there are many Birding Trails. The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge attracts thousands of migrating birds. The State Bird is the California Gull.
Utah has several BRIDGES including Historic Bridges, Suspension Bridges, and 2 Covered Bridges. The Historic Bridge Foundation advocates for the preservation of historic bridges. Rainbow Bridge is often described as the tallest natural bridge in the world.
Utah has a variety of Scenic BYWAYS. The Utah State Route 12 state highway is designated an All-American Road. The state also has many types of TRAILS and celebrates National Trails Day. Jones Hole Trail is in a remote and scenic part of Dinosaur National Monument in northeast Utah. The state has several Roadside Attractions. C IS FOR CAPITAL, COMMUNICATION, & COUNTIES
All forms of COMMUNICATION are available throughout Utah including newspapers, magazines, radio, television, telephone, and Internet. The telephone area codes are 801 and 385. There are many Web Cams , and Internet service is available throughout the state.
Utah has 29 COUNTIES. The largest county is San Juan and Davis is the smallest county. Salt Lake County has the largest population & Daggett has the smallest. The term county is the level of local government below the state itself.
Utah is one of the best places in the world to discover DINOSAURS. A variety of fossils have been found in the state. The Dinosaur Quarry holds the highest concentration of Jurassic-era remains ever found. In 2008 on federal land near Hanksville paleontologists say they unearthed at least 2 meat-eating dinosaurs, a probable Stegosaurus, and 4 sauropods. In 2010 2 new dinosaurs have been discovered in the state. The State Fossil is Allosaurus. The Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Highway runs through the best land in the world to learn about dinosaurs.
The Department of EDUCATION oversees public education in Utah. It is provided free and is compulsory for any child age 6 to 18. In addition to publick schools, there are Charter Schools and private schools and homeschooling is popular. Information about schools is available from GreatSchools and SchoolBug.
A variety of EVENTS and festivals & celebrations are held throughout Utah during the year. Utah Arts Festival is held in Salt Lake City and the Kimball Arts Festival is held in Park City. The state and observes National and special Holidays including July 24, Pioneer Day .
The Utah State FLAG was adopted in 1913 and consists of the State Seal encircled in a golden circle on a background of dark navy blue. Some counties and municipalities have a flag The Cache County Sheriff has a flag. The Paiute and Ute Tribes have a flag. The State Motto is "Industry".
The FOOD timeline for Utah dates back to Native Americans followed by the arrival of the Mormons. The State Fruit is the cherry, The State Vegetable is the Spanish Sweet Onion, and the State Historic Vegetable is the Sugar Beet. The residents claim to eat more Jell-O per capita than any other state. Lime is a favorite and was immortalized during the 2002 Winter Olympics where pins depicting this dessert were sold. Salt Lake City residents also buy more lime Jell-O than all other Americans, presumably to make the most popular dish of lime Jell-O with shredded carrots. Fried Scones are a Utah specialty. The State Cooking Pot is the Dutch Oven, and there is a Dutch Oven Cook-off. For over 100 years, the Utah Food Bank has stayed true to its mission of serving those in need throughout the state.
Utah has had many FORTS. Some of the forts are listed as historic sites. The Latter Day Saints owns Fort Cove and maintains a museum there. Fort Buenaventura has been reconstructed and is now a county park. In 1991 Fort Douglas was officially closed though the Utah National Guard maintained control of the Military Museum and the 96th ARCOM received the parts of the Fort which were not deeded to the University of Utah.
Because of its mining history, Utah has many GHOST TOWNS. The town of Newhouse has dozens of ruined buildings. In Sego the Stone Company Store, boarding house, and many foundations remain. In Argyle buildings and walls still stand. Utah claims to have several Haunted Places.
The GLOBAL POSITION of Utah is approximately 37 degrees north and 109 degrees south. The geographic center is in Sanpete County. Utah is part of the 4 corners region.The highest place is Kings Peak and the lowest is Beaver Dam Wash. The topography of the state ranges from 1800 ft to 12,000 ft. and includes mountains and deserts. Geocaching is a popular game using a Global Positioning System, and there are many geocaches in Utah.
The HISTORY of Utah dates back thousands of years. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado may have crossed into what is now southern Utah in 1540, when he was seeking the legendary Quivira. Utah played a small part in the Civil War. During World War II Alta ski center became involved in the war effort when paratroopers from the 10th Mountain Regiment trained on its slopes. In 2016, Bears Ears was declared a national monument. The state participated in National History Day.
A wide variety of INSECTS are found in Utah including many species of butterflies & moths. The state has a chapter of the North America Butterfly Association and an Odonota (Dragonfly) Society. The Utah Lepigoperists's Society is dedicated to the study of Lepidoptera in the state. The official State Insect is the Honeybee. The Utah Beekeepers Association has informaton about beekeeping.
Utah has many ISLANDS in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Some of them are on the U.S. Islands Directory because they have a ham radio. The Great Salt Lake has several islands and Antelope Island is the largest.
The JUDICIAL System is the system of courts that interprets and applies the law in the name of the state. The powers of the Government of Utah is divided into 3 distinct departments, the legislative, the executive, and the judicial" each department having specific functions and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution.