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Geography Album: Utah, The Beehive State

Hi! We are the Brown family. We live in Utah. Utah was named after the Ute Indian tribe who is  prominent in the area I live. Utah has a rich pioneer history. Hunting, fishing and camping are very popular activities in our state. We have a very large open pit copper mine that you can see from space here. We live in the lower NE corner of Utah. Our area is a tourist place for dinosaurs history. There are five National Parks in Utah. Five more are very close to us. 
We received this postcard from the Brown Family. It shows the many varied scenes you can find in Utah. "I live right near (in Uintah County) the second picture from the top, which is a picture of Flaming Gorge an enormous lake.  The copper mine I talked about is Kennecott, the right side middle picture shows an aerial photo of it. Here is where you can see it from space.  There are only two man made structures that can be seen from outer space, The Great Wall of China and the Kennecott Utah Copper Mine.    I forgot to talk about The Great Salt Lake as well.  Here is a neat Utah website."  

We added Utah to our geography album, coloring a map of many interesting things in Utah.
The map also shows the land formations such as Brice Canyon, Zion National Park, the Colorado River and, of course, the Great Salt Lake. It also shows the products of the state, such as salt, gold and farming. We also noted that Utah is bordered by ArizonaColorado, Wyoming and Nevada.
The Seagull Monument located in front of the Salt Lake Assembly Hall on Temple Square.
photo source: Wikipedia

I told them the miracle of the gulls, the story behind the sea gull being their state bird.

From our coloring page we also learned the state flower, the Sego Lily and the state tree, the Blue Spruce. 

By looking at the state quarter, we learned about how Utah is considered the "crossroads of the west." On May 10, 1869, two steam locomotives met at Promontory, Utah, for the "Joining of the Rails Ceremony," at which the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed the transcontinental route.

"We'll start with Utah's arches, 
made from wind, frost, and rain. 
Nature's rocky sculptures- 
an art that can't remain."

From A is for Arches to Z is for Zion National Park

To celebrate Utah, we made "Utah Scones" with cinnamon-honey-butter, which are nothing like scones, but a lot like Navaho Fry Bread. Very tasty, and pretty easy to make. Honey butter makes a great addition to a treat for the Beehive state. The state has this nickname because Deseret, in The Book of Mormon, is a honeybee. Early Mormon settlers have been described as having carried "swarms of bees" with them. This nickname also commemorates the industry of the people of Utah.


We have "visited" 46 states (92%) with our Postcard-Geography album.
We still need postcards for these states: 
New Jersey
Vermont and Wyoming.
If you live in any of these states and would like to help us with this project, please leave a comment on how I can get in touch with you. Thank you!

1 comment:

  1. I remember finding a fun coloring page about the joining of the two railroads, I wonder if I can find that again.


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