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Utah Territory - Created: September 9, 1850 - Statehood: January 4, 1896
Utah's majestic mountains, lakes, and deserts were first beheld by man some 12,000 years ago. Through the millennia that followed, these Paleoindian big-game hunters were succeeded by a number of other early culture groups including the Desert Archaic, Anasazi, and Fremont. About a thousand years ago, such Numic-speaking hunter-gatherers as the Shoshones, Utes, Southern Paiutes, and Goshutes began moving into Utah, and they were joined by an Athapaskan group, the Navajos.
White men came along much later. Their first significant incursion came in 1776 as a party of Spanish explorers traveled much of the length of present-day Utah. Led by Franciscan friars Dominguez and Escalante, these intrepid men were scouting a northern route from Santa Fe to Monterey and seeking to promote Christianity among the Indians. On numerous occasions Escalante noted in his diary the natural beauty of Utah's pristine landscape.
Nearly fifty years would elapse before the next group of whites came to Utah. These were the mountain men searching for beaver. Such colorful characters as Jim Bridger, Etienne Provost, Miles Goodyear, and Jedediah Smith explored, trapped, mingled with the Indians, and gave dozens of place names to the area's distinctive geographical features.
Then came the Mormons in 1847, questing for a religious sanctuary in the remote West. Immigrating in large numbers, they laid out communities, built homes and churches, established farms supported by an irrigation system, skirmished with the native people, achieved territorial status in 1850, and generally prospered. Non-Mormons came too, especially after precious metals were discovered in the 1860s, and they added diversification to Utah's society. By the time of statehood in 1896, the total population approached a quarter of a million people.
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Summit County, Crime News Page Added
Salt Lake County, "Sick List" Page Added
Garfiled County, Hatch City Cemetery
Biography of Mrs. Sarah A. Anderson
State Update: Native American History Page
State Update: Trail of Hope: Overland Bios
Tooele County, Utah Bank Cashier Held Up by Robbers
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|Beaver||Beaver||Established 1856||Not currently Hosted|
|Box Elder||Brigham City||Established 1856||Not currently Hosted|
|Cache||Logan||Established 1856||Not currently Hosted|
|Carbon||Price||Established 1894||Not currently Hosted|
|Daggett||Manila||Established 1918||Not currently Hosted|
|Davis||Farmington||Established 1852||Not currently Hosted|
|Duchesne||Duchesne||Established 1915||Not currently Hosted|
|Emery||Castle Dale||Established 1880||Not currently Hosted|
|Garfield||Panguitch||Established 1882||Not currently Hosted|
|Grand||Moab||Established 1890||Not currently Hosted|
|Iron||Parowan||Established 1852||Not currently Hosted|
|Juab||Nephi||Established 1852||Not currently Hosted|
|Kane||Kanab||Established 1864||Not currently Hosted|
|Millard||Fillmore||Established 1852||Not currently Hosted|
|Morgan||Morgan||Established 1862||Not currently Hosted|
|Piute||Junction||Established 1865||Not currently Hosted|
|Rich||Randolph||Established 1868||Not currently Hosted|
|Salt Lake||Salt Lake City||Established 1847||Not currently Hosted|
|San Juan||Monticello||Established 1880||Not currently Hosted|
|San Pete||Manti||Established 1852||Not currently Hosted|
|Seiver||Richfield||Established 1865||Not currently Hosted|
|Summit||Coalville||Established 1854||Not currently Hosted|
|Tooele||Tooele||Established 1852||Not currently Hosted|
|Uintah||Vernal||Established 1880||Not currently Hosted|
|Utah||Provo||Established 1852||Not currently Hosted|
|Wasatch||Heber City||Established 1862||Not currently Hosted|
|Washington||St. George||Established 1852||Not currently Hosted|
|Wayne||Loa||Established 1892||Not currently Hosted|
|Weber||Ogden||Established 1852||Not currently Hosted|
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