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Utah History Timeline

700's - 1700's
  • (700) Anasazi Indians built pueblos in the area
  • (1600) Shoshone Indians now control the area
  • (1776) Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Francesco Atanasio Dominguez explored Utah on way to California
  • (1821) Mexico won its independence from Spain, and claimed all of Utah
  • (1824) Jim Bridger discovered Salt Lake
  • (1841) Capt. John Bartleson led first wagon train of settlers across Utah to California
  • (1843) John C. Fremont and Kit Carson explored the Great Basin
  • (1844) Ogden settled
  • (1847) Brigham Young and Mormon pioneers arrived in Salt Lake Valley
  • (1848) U. S. wins Mexican-American War; Treaty of Guadalupe signed; Utah ceded to the U.S.
  • (1849) State of Deseret founded
  • (1850) Utah becamea U. S. territory
  • (1854) Grasshopper plague damaged crops
  • (1861) Telegraph service began
  • (1863) Silver and lead discovered in Bingham Canyon
  • (1873) Polygamy outlawed by Congress
  • (1890) Mormon church issued far-reaching Manifesto ending polygamy
  • (1896) Utah became 45th state
  • (1906) Copper mining began in Bingham Canyon
  • (1914) Auto racing on Bonneville Salt Flats
  • (1919) Zion National Park dedicated
  • (1942-1945) Japanese-American relocation camp operated near Delta
  • (1952) Duchesne Tunnel completed for irrigation; uranium discovered near Moab
  • (1964) Flaming Gorge Dam completed; began to generate electricity
  • (1985) Salt Lake City won 2002 Winter Olympic bid; Great Salt Lake flooded northern Utah
  • (1996) Utah celebrated 100th birthday of statehood
  • (1999) Tornado hit Salt Lake City downtown, caused over $100 million dollars of damage
  • (2002) Winter Olympic games held
  • (2003) Kidnapped teenager, Elizabeth Smart, found alive in Salt Lake City, abductors arrested
  • (2004) Nasa space capsule, Genesis, carrying captured particles blown off Sun, crashed to Earth in Utah desert after parachutes failed to open
  • (2007) Gunman opened fire in crowded shopping center in Salt Lake City, killed five
  • (2007) Six coal miners trapped in collapse of mine, three rescue workers killed
  • (2012) Canadian freestyle skier, Sarah Burke, died in training accident at Park City
  • (2012) Mormon Church apologized for posthumously baptising parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal

See Also

Utah Photographs

pueblosShoshoni IndiansBinggham CanyonFlaming Gorge DamJim BridgerKit CarsonSalt FlatsJohn Freemont

Utah Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Beaver Beaver 435
Brigham City Box Elder 435
Logan Cache 435
Price Carbon 435
Manila Daggett 435
Layton Davis 801
Roosevelt Duchesne 435
Huntington Emery 435
Panguitch Garfield 435
Moab Grand 435
Cedar City Iron 435
Nephi Juab 435
Kanab Kane 435
Delta Millard 435
Morgan Morgan 801
Circleville Piute 435
Garden City Rich 435
Sandy Salt Lake 801
West Jordan Salt Lake 801
Salt Lake City Salt Lake 801
West Valley City Salt Lake 801
Blanding San Juan 435
Ephraim Sanpete 435
Richfield Sevier 435
Park City Summit 435
Tooele Tooele 435
Vernal Uintah 435
Provo Utah 801
Heber City Wasatch 435
Saint George Washington 435
Loa Wayne 435
Ogden Weber 801

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