Pioneer Day was yesterday. Your Pioneer Day test is today. In honor of the day that settlers first came to the state, see how many of these questions you an answer without looking them up in Google. Have your answers ready before you put them in the comments so you don’t see the answers from others. I’ll post the answers on Friday.
1 – What is Utah’s state bird?
2 – Why is it Utah’s state bird?
3 – What is Utah’s state tree?
4 – Can you name the lake that used to cover most of the state?
5 – What are the three largest cities (population/in order) in Utah?
6 – Name two states that border Utah.
7 – How did the state get its name?
8 – Name the famous cookie company that was founded in Utah
9 – What was the original name of the University of Utah?
10 – What was the original name of the school that is now BYU?
12 – Name the geographical formation found on Utah license plates.
13 – Name Utah’s governor.
14 – Name Utah’s U.S. Senators.
15 – Name Utah’s members of the U.S. House.
Okay, now here’s a few Utah tid-bits sans the trivia.
1 – Lake Powell is named after John Wesley Powell, a Civil War Veteran and geologist who only had one arm. He used the services of a Mormon missionary named Jacob Hamblin to help negotiate with the Indians and ensure the safety of his exploration. Powell later served as the director of the U.S. Geological survey and is now buried in Arlington Cemetary.
2 – A legend exists of a mine in the mountains east of Kamas, Utah that is full of gold (seriously). According to legend, Ute Indians revealed the location of the mine to a Thomas Rhoads on the condition that he would never tell a soul where it was. Today, treasure hunters call it the Lost Rhoads Mine.
3 – If you ever hike Mt. Timpanogos, there is actually a B-25 bomber crash site near the top of the mountain you can go see. The plane took off from Hill Air Force base in 1955. Three crew members and two passengers died.
4 – Park City was practically a ghost town between its days as a mining town and it’s days as a ski destination. (If only we would have all bought some land . . . a lot of it). It is also one of the only towns in Utah not founded by Mormons. One day a man named George Hearst rolled into town and bought the Ontario mine for $27,000, and the city goes gangbusters. Hearst’s mine produces $50 million in silver throughout its life, and he has a boy named William who became a newspaper/magazine magnate (San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping