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Utah is a western state of the United States, in the Rocky Mountain region. The name Utah is derived from the Southern Ute word for "higher up." In addition to the Ute Tribe, the Paiute, Navajo, Shoshone, and Goshute nations also inhabit portions of the state.

Utah had a population of 2,389,039 in 2004, according to a Census Bureau estimate. About 85% of Utah's population resides in the valleys and on the western slope of the Wasatch Mountains in northern and central Utah. Residents are called Utahns, the state is generally rugged and arid, and has spectacular natural scenery. It is a popular summer and winter tourist destination. Salt Lake City, the ski resorts in the Wasatch Range, and the national parks of the south are the most popular destinations.

Utah's capital is Salt Lake City, a vibrant metropolitan city, the small community of Fillmore, in Millard County, was designated as the territorial capital in 1854, four years after Utah Territory was organized. In 1856, the capital was moved back to Salt Lake City, which became the capital of the state when Utah was admitted to the Union in 1896. Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, which gave a significant boost to the state's tourist industry (especially the ski resorts).

Salt Lake City, Utah is also the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which approximately 60% of Utah residents are members. The LDS Church has a strong cultural influence on the state, resulting in Utah being one of just two states where gambling is illegal.

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Bryce Canyon Amphitheater
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Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

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Entrada Sandstone capped by Curtis Formation in Cathedral Valley
The exposed geology of the Capitol Reef area presents a record of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation in an area of North America in and around Capitol Reef National Park. Nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 m) of sedimentary strata are found in the Capitol Reef area, representing nearly 200 million years of geologic history of the south-central part of the U.S. state of Utah. These rocks range in age from Permian (as old as 270 million years old) to Cretaceous (as young as 80 million years old.) Rock layers in the area reveal ancient climates as varied as rivers and swamps (Chinle Formation), Sahara-like deserts (Navajo Sandstone), and shallow ocean (Mancos Shale).

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Jake Garn's official Congressional portrait.

Jake Garn (born October 12, 1932) served as a U.S. Senator representing Utah from 1974 to 1993. Garn became the first sitting member of the United States Congress to fly in space when he flew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as a payload specialist during NASA mission STS-51-D (April 12-April 19, 1985). He is a member of the United States Republican Party.

Born in Richfield, Utah, Garn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and finance from the University of Utah in 1955. He also attended East High School, Clayton Middle School, and Uintah Elementary School.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Garn served on the Salt Lake City commission for four years and was elected Mayor in 1971, he was active in the Utah League of Cities and Towns and served as President in 1972. In 1974, he was First Vice President of the National League of Cities and served as Honorary President in 1975.

Garn was first elected to the Senate in 1974, succeeding retiring Republican Wallace Bennett. Garn was reelected to a second term in November 1980, receiving 74% of the vote, the largest victory in a statewide race in Utah history.

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2002 Winter Olympics cauldron
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The cauldron used for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah was moved from the top of the Olympic stadium and now anchors the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park just south of Rice-Eccles Stadium. The flame is lit on special occasions, such as the opening weekend of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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Culture: MusicSundance Film FestivalUtah Shakespearean FestivalUtah Symphony Orchestra

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History: Fremont cultureAncient Pueblo PeoplesShoshoneGoshuteUtePaiuteNavajoMormon pioneersUtah TerritoryUtah WarUtah Constitution

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Religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsLutheran Church - Missouri SynodCatholic Church

Sports: BYU CougarsReal Salt LakeSalt Lake BeesUtah BlazeUtah JazzUtah UtesUtah State AggiesWeber State Wildcats

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Transportation: Intercity bus Commuter railInterstate 15Interstate 70Interstate 80Interstate 84Salt Lake City International AirportLight railU.S. Route 6U.S. Route 40U.S. Route 50U.S. Route 89U.S. Route 163U.S. Route 189U.S. Route 191State Route 12State Route 24State Route 31State Route 44State Route 95State Route 96State Route 128State Route 150State Route 162State Route 261State Route 262List of state highways in Utah

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