Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 15, 2014

Destination America~UTAH~by rldubour

Monday!!!! time to continue our journey across America! ( in alpha order)  today with the help of history and some poetry we visit the great state of;



Nicknamed “The Beehive State” denotes
Hard working people every day.
The motto is “Industry” and residents are
Called Utahns they prefer no other way.


The meaning came from the Native Indians
“Those who dwell up high” is the origin of the name.
And can also mean “mountaintop dwellers”
Either way both are about the same.


The state bird is the California Seagull
The official insect is the honey bee.
The cherry is the fruit of choice
And the blue spruce is the state tree.


The Topaz is the official gem and the
State’s hymn is “Utah, We Love Thee.”
The Rocky Mountain Elk is the animal
And the state’s flower is the Sego Lily.


Rainbow Bridge, sculptured nature is
The world’s largest natural-rock span.
Beaver is the birthplace of Butch Cassidy
The notorious western outlaw man.


In miles thirty-five by seventy-five
Is the Great Salt Lake.
Originally called the Great Salt Lake
City, Great was dropped in 1858.


The first Operational Tactical Fighter Squadron

is home at Hill Air Force Base.

Utah has 11,000 miles of fishing streams

And 147,000 acres of lakes to embrace.


The highest percentage of high
school graduates ranks number one!
Plus the highest people with a
College degree, they can not be out done!


Three national monuments, two state parks
And two national forests, what a grand array!
Kanab is called “Park Central” because
All the others are only one short drive away.


Time for names likes Hatch and Browning
Garn and Farnsworth, Bushnell and Young.
Marriott, Murphy, Malone and Barr
Redferd, Jenkins, Marie and Donny Osmond.
Statehood, January 4, 1896 45th state
Capital is Salt Lake City


Rainbow Bridge, Nature’s abstract sculpture carved of solid sandstone, is the world’s largest natural-rock span. It stands 278 feet wide and 309 feet high.
Utah has five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef.
Utah has seven national monuments: Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave and Hovenweep.
Utah has two national recreation areas: Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon.
Utah has six national forests: Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-LaSal, Uinta, and Wasatch-Cache.
Nine major ski resorts, three cross country ski areas and the nation’s only recreational ski jumping complex are less than an hour’s drive from downtown.
Sixty percent of skiers at Salt Lake area ski resorts are out-of-state and international visitors.
Seven million people visit the Salt Lake area each year.
Salt Lake International Airport is closer to the heart of the city it serves than nearly any other U.S. airport.
The Wasatch Mountains to the east are 11,500 feet high; the Oquirrh Mountains to the west are 9,500 feet high. Salt Lake’s elevation is 4,330 feet above sea level at the valley floor and 5,200 feet in the foothills.
Robert LeRoy Parker commonly known as Butch Cassidy, (April 13, 1866 to 1908?)

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