THE STATE OF UTAH
Utah's flag displays the state seal design against a field of blue. The date 1847 is the year the Mormons came to Utah. 1896 is the year Utah became the 45th state.
The beehive on the shield is a symbol of hard work and industry (the state motto is INDUSTRY, and Utah's nickname is The Beehive State).
A bald eagle (the United States national bird) perches atop the shield as a symbol of protection in peace and war (the eagle clutches arrows as a symbol of power). The sego lilies on right and left of the beehive are a symbol of peace (sego lily is also the state flower of Utah). A U.S. flag banner appears on each side of the shield, representing Utah's support to the nation.
Utah designated the sego lily as the official state flower in 1911. Blooming in early summer, the sego lily has white, lilac, or yellow flowers and grows on open grass and sage rangelands in the Great Basin in Utah. Chosen as the flower symbol of Utah because of its natural beauty and historic significance (the soft, bulbous root of the sego lily was collected and eaten in the mid 1800's during a crop-devouring plague of crickets in Utah).
Utah designated the California gull as official state bird in 1955. The Sea Gull Monument in Salt Lake City honors the gull, who saved the people of Utah by consuming the Rocky Mountain crickets which were destroying the crops in 1848. These gentle birds are considered very beneficial by agriculturalists.
California gulls are gymnasts of the sky - performing amazing aeronautic manuevers and sometimes appearing motionless in midair by positioning themselves to catch wind currents with graceful precision.
Utah designated the blue spruce as the official state tree in 1933. Found in the Wasatch and Uinta mountains of Utah at elevations between 6,000 to 11,000 feet, blue spruce can be transplanted successfully and is widely used as an ornamental tree. Generally silvery blue in color, blue spruce has the ability to withstand temperature extremes.
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Energy Solutions Arena is an indoor arena, in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, owned by Jazz Basketball Investors, Inc., the estate of Larry H. Miller. The arena seats 19,911 for basketball, has 56 luxury suites, and 668 club seats. The arena is the home of the NBA's Utah Jazz.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is dedicated to the universal language of music that has the power to bring joy, peace, and healing to its listeners. Made up of hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life, this unique music organization transcends cultural and generational boundaries and brings together people from around the world through stirring music.
Natural Bridges National Monument features three huge, stream-carved natural bridges as well as a concentration of Anasazi Indian ruins. The multi-colored bridges can be seen from overlooks along an nine-mile paved loop road through the monument. The bridges have Hopi Indian names: delicate Owachomo means "rock mounds," Sipapu (the second largest natural bridge in the world) means "the place of emergence" and massive Kachina means "dancer."