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Origin of the name, Utah

Named for the Ute tribe, whose name means “people of the mountains” In a roundabout way, the state is actually named for the Navajo, who the White Mountain Apache referred to as Yuttahih, or “one that is higher up.” Europeans thought the Apache term referred to a tribe that dwelled farther up the mountains than the Navajo, and they called these people Utes

State Symbols 

Click here to learn what the State's symbols are and how they came to be.  For photos and descriptions follow this link to the State of Utah official website
  • State Animal - Rocky Mountain Elk
  • State Bird - California Seagull
  • State Cooking Pot - Dutch Oven
  • State Emblem - Beehive
  • State Fish - Bonneville Cutthroat Trout
  • State Flag - State Flag and Seal
  • State Flower - Sego Lily
  • State Folk Dance - Square Dance
  • State Fossil - Allosaurus
  • State Fruit - Cherry
  • State Gem - Topaz
  • State Grass - Indian Rice Grass
  • State Insect - Honey Bee
  • State Mineral - Copper
  • State Motto - "Industry"
  • State Rock - Coal
  • State Song - "Utah, We Love Thee" by Evan Stephen
  • State Star - Dubhe
  • State Tartan - Utah State Tartan
  • State Tree - Blue Spruce

Source: State of Utah

Utah Links

Utah State Government
Utah National Forests
Bureau of Land Management: Utah Sites
Ghost Towns of Utah
Utah's National Parks
Desert USA: Utah
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Kim and Don Greene, Authors; publication date October 1, 2001