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Culture & History

The history of the land now known as Utah goes way back to the age of dinosaurs. Fossilized evidence is abundant in our state. Utah's 1200 A.D. Puebloan cultures, the Anasazi and Fremont culture, came later, and our lands are rich with evidence of their lives found in rock art – pictographs and petroglyphs – left behind on rock walls, as well as in the ruins of their homes and villages.

Other Native American cultures, Ute, Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and Navajo have continued to contribute to Utah's rich heritage. At the time of the American Revolution, Spanish priests explored and brought Christianity to the native populations in what is now Utah. Trappers, mountain men and traders followed close behind. Then, in 1847, Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley and soon established settlements throughout the intermountain west. Twelve years later, the first transcontinental railroad was completed in Utah at Golden Spike National Historic Site, and immigration to the region grew tremendously.

All of these early cultures wove, and many continue to weave, the tapestry that is Utah.

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