State of Utah

ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Named for the Ute Indians. NICKNAME: The Beehive State. CAPITAL: Salt Lake City. ENTERED UNION: 4 January 1896 (45th). SONG: "Utah, We Love Thee" and "Utah, This is the Place." MOTTO: Industry. COAT OF ARMS: In the center, a shield, flanked by American flags, shows a beehive with the state motto and six arrows above, sego lilies on either side, and the numerals "1847" (the year the Mormons settled in Utah) below. Perched atop the shield is an American eagle. FLAG: Inside a thin gold circle, the coat of arms and the year of statehood are centered on a blue field, fringed with gold. OFFICIAL SEAL: The coat of arms with the words "The Great Seal of the State of Utah 1896" surrounding. ANIMAL: Rocky Mountain elk. BIRD: California sea gull. FISH: Bonneville cutthroat trout. INSECT: Honeybee. FLOWER: Sego lily. TREE: Blue spruce. GEM: Topaz. EMBLEM: Beehive. LEGAL HOLIDAYS: New Year's Day, 1 January; Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., 3rd Monday in January; Lincoln's Birthday, 12 February; Washington's Birthday, 3rd Monday in February; Memorial Day, last Monday in May; Independence Day, 4 July; Pioneer Day, 24 July; Labor Day, 1st Monday in September; Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October; Veterans Day, 11 November; Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November; Christmas Day, 25 December. TIME: 5 AM MST = noon GMT.


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