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Wednesday
May192010

Utah: more than just "that religious state".

Since I am headed to Utah tomorrow morning (very early, UGH) I thought I'd do a little informational post on some things about the state—and my connection to it.

1. It is the law, that birds have the right of way on any public highway.

2. In some counties in Utah, daylight must be visible between dancing couples. How is this enforced??

3. Utah has what I think is the coolest state animal: Rocky Mountain Elk.


4. My ancestors settled in Utah in the 1800's as part of the influx of Mormon's coming over from Europe (Sweden in my case). While I am not Mormon, some of my extended family is and my previous trips to Utah have been a great representation of geneology. My great-aunt, a Professor at BYU, remained in touch with a family that lives on the property once owned by my great-great-great-great Grandmother and that still has the cabin her son Charles (my ggg Grandfather) built when he was 14 and new to this country. Years ago I visited that cabin in which the current owners have decorated with antiques from the time period of the cabin's creation. No one resides in the cabin--but it is often used for the current owner's family Christmas celebrations. Touring the cabin and the grounds is one of my fondest memories and when I saw the Swedish newspapers breaking through the walls that were used as insulation when Charles built the cabin really impressed upon me the reality of the hardships my family had as immigrants: a new country, a new language, a new life.


diana in front of the cabin


diana in the loft of the cabin

5. Utah has the highest literacy rate in the nation. Wow. Interesting.

6. Utah is home to two of the largest dinosaur graveyards in North America: Dinosaur National Monument in the northern part of the state and the Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry in east central Utah.

7. Utah does not allow alcohol to be served on election day.

More to come...

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Reader Comments (2)

Daylight between dancers is interesting enough. But birds have the right of way? How is this one enforced?

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSabina

Sabina I know!!?? Nutty!! While driving in Utah I was on the look out for cops to enforce that one. :)

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Ellefson

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