It’s not a typical Friday for the Beehive State as it celebrates its 123rd birthday.
On January 4, 1896, Utah joined the Union becoming the 45th state.
According to History To Go, the total population was 247,324; 8 out of 10 were American-born with nearly 9 out of 10 being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the newly formed state.
Apart from approximately 3,000 Indians, mostly on reservations, the 571 blacks and 768 Chinese counted in the 1895 territorial census were the largest racial minorities, the website states.
Additional facts about Utah are:
- Completion of the world’s first transcontinental railroad was celebrated at Promontory where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869.
- Levan, is “navel” spelled backwards and is located in the middle of the state.
- The Temple in Salt Lake City took 40 years to complete.
- The Great Salt Lake covers 2,100 square miles, with an average depth of 13 feet. The deepest point is 34 feet.
- The average snowfall in the mountains near Salt Lake City is 500 inches.
- Salt Lake City was originally named Great Salt Lake City. Great was dropped from the name in 1868.
State symbol: The Beehive symbolizes thrift and industry
State animal: The Rocky Mountain Elk
State fish: The Rainbow Trout