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Facts About Utah History: 5 Things You Might Not Know

By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 11:47 AM

Utah, also known as the Beehive State has over 10,000 miles of fishing streams and 147,000 acres of lakes and reservoir, according to Awesome America. These are just a few interesting facts about the state of Utah.

Here are five things about Utah history you might not know:

1. Utah Once Produced its Own Gold

When the first settlers arrived in the area, they relied on bartering. But, by the summer of 1849, the population had exploded to the point where settlers needed real currency. Brigham Young implemented and signed a type of paper scrip, but travelers moving on to points west wouldn’t accept it.

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People wanted to trade in something that had intrinsic value. So Brigham Young and some of his colleagues designed gold coins, and the first ones were minted in 1848. The mint produced coins through 1860. Today, one of those $20 gold coins is worth between $25,000 and $50,000, according to Historytogo.com.

2. Utah May Have Kicked Off the 'Wellness' Obsession

In the late 19th century, Utah's burgeoning population demanded professional medical care, finding home care to no longer be sufficient. Hospitals soon popped up throughout the region — and most of the doctors were women. But settlers were equally interested in what today might be called "alternative medicine." Concoctions and cures were offered for everything from "female sickness" to baldness, and the marketing was impressive.

3. Two Huge Dinosaur Graveyards Call Utah Home

Millions of years ago, Utah was a dinosaur retirement destination. The state boasts two of the largest dinosaur graveyards in North America. Fossils from these two graveyards are on display around the world, according to Utah.com. Visitors to the Dinosaur National Monument can view the "Wall of Bones," a sloping rock formation packed with the bones of hundreds of animals. Scientist theorize that the formation was once part of a sandbar, trapping carcasses as they floated downstream.

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4. Membership in a Unique Club

You've heard of The Four Seasons? Utah is a member of an equally elite club: The Four Corners –— the only place in the country where the corners of four different states meet at right angles. Visitors can stand in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico — all at the same time. The location is pretty remote, but there is a small visitors center that's managed by the Navajo Nation.

5. Promontory Point Paves Way for Modern America


In 1862, two different railroad companies were tasked with creating the first transcontinental railroad. With one company working from the west and one from the east, they met at Promontory, Utah in 1869. Coast-to-coast travel time was reduced from about four months to six days. This physical unification of the country laid the foundation for a cultural unification as the different regions of the U.S. finally began to identify as a single country, according to EDN Network.

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