Great Salt Lake Facts for kids

August 25, 2015
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Atlas of Utah StateCapital: Salt Lake City

Population: 2, 855, 287 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Provo, West Jordan, Orem

Borders: Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $130, 486 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Mining including coal, petroleum, gold, and silver
Agriculture includes corn, hay, wheat, cattle, and sheep
Medical equipment, electronics, steel, and tourism

How Utah got its name: The name Utah comes from the Ute Indians and means people of the mountains.

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Utah State Symbols

State Nickname: Beehive State

State Slogan: Life Elevated; (formerly) Greatest Snow on Earth and Utah! Where Ideas Connect (the former and the 'Utah!' part of the latter were both on license plates)

State Motto: Industry

State flower: Sego lily

State bird: California Gull

State fish: Bonneville cutthroat trout

State tree: Blue Spruce

State mammal: Rocky Mountain elk

State foods: Sugar Beet, Jell-O

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Saturday, January 4, 1896

Number admitted: 45

Prior Name: Utah Territory

Postal Abbreviation: UT

The Geography of Utah

Total Size: 82, 144 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Beaver Dam Wash at 2, 000 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Washington (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Kings Peak at 13, 528 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Duchesne (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Sanpete County approx. 3 miles north of Manti (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 29 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake, Lake Powell, Sevier Lake, San Juan River, Colorado River, Green River

Famous People

  • Roseanne Barr - Comedian and actress
  • Butch Cassidy - Bank robber and criminal
  • Philo Farnsworth - Inventor of the television
  • Julianne Hough - Dancer and actress
  • Jewel - Singer and songwriter
  • J. Willard Marriott - Founder of Marriott hotels
  • Merlin Olen - Professional football player, commentator, and actor
  • Donny and Marie Osmond - Singer/actors
  • Byron Scott - Professional basketball player and coach
  • James Woods - Actor
  • Steve Young - Professional football player

Fun Facts

  • Utah is named after the Native American tribe 'Ute' which means 'people of the mountains'.
  • The Great Salt Lake is the largest lake west of the Mississippi River.
  • Utah hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • The mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah average 500 inches of snowfall per year.
  • The Mormons, a religious group, settled in Utah in 1847.
  • It is called the Beehive State as this was an important Mormon symbol standing for industry, thrift, and perseverance.
  • Utah has the highest literacy rate of any state in the US.
  • Utah is one of the Four Corners states. It meets up with Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico at a single point.
  • The US Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory, Utah. The Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads met there and completed the track from one end of the country to the other.
  • Salt Lake City was called Great Salt Lake City up until 1968 when the Great was dropped.

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