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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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Salt Lake City in 1913
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Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah in 1913, looking east along 200 South from West Temple Street. To the far left is the Salt Lake Temple. The very white building right of the Temple is Hotel Utah, about one year old at the time. Just visible on the right side of the photo is the Salt Lake City and County Building clocktower. The Wasatch Mountains are in the background.

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The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The team was originally the New Orleans Jazz but was financially unsuccessful and moved to Utah. The Jazz were one of the most successful teams in the late 1980s and 1990s, making it to two NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 under coach Jerry Sloan and anchored by John Stockton and Karl Malone, a point guard/power forward combination noted for its remarkable on-court rapport. Malone and Stockton were often seen as two of the best players at their respective positions.

In 1996-97, the Jazz had their best record in franchise history at 64-18. They reached the NBA Finals for the first time after beating the Los Angeles Clippers 3-0, Los Angeles Lakers 4-1, and Houston Rockets 4-2 to meet Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals where they lost 4-2. A three-pointer at the buzzer by John Stockton in Game 6 of the 1997 Western Conference Championship sent the Jazz to the finals, and remains one of the iconic moments in team history. In the 1997 NBA Finals, the Jazz lost to the Chicago Bulls 4-2 after fighting the first four games to a 2-2 tie and losing the last two in the last seconds of the game 90-88 and 90-86.

During the 1997-98 season, expectations were high for another championship run. However, John Stockton suffered a serious knee injury before the season began and missed the first 18 games. Despite the setback, the Jazz were still able to finish at 62-20. In the playoffs they beat the Houston Rockets 3-2, the San Antonio Spurs 4-1, and the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 to advance to their second NBA Finals appearance in a row. In the 1998 NBA Championship, the Jazz took Game 1 at home 88-85. However, the Bulls overcame a slow start to win Game 2 93-88, easily took Game 3 96-54 and won a closer Game 4 86-82 to lead 3-1 in the series. The Jazz fought back to win Game 5 83-81 at the United Center and the series swung back to Salt Lake City. The Jazz held a lead in most of Game 6, but the Bulls rallied, and in the last seconds of the game, Michael Jordan swished a jump shot to win, 87-86.

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Steve Young (born October 11, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah), is a former quarterback for the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Los Angeles Express of the short-lived United States Football League. He was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005, the first left-handed quarterback to be so honored.

Young attended Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. He earned 1978 All-FCIAC West Division First Team honors in his junior year, his first year starting at quarterback for the Cardinals. In 1979, he once again earned All-FCIAC West Division First Team honors, along with CIAC All-State honors, rushing for 13 touchdowns. In two seasons, he carried 267 times for 1,928 yards. Passing was always the second option; he completed only 41 percent of his throws for 1,220 yards.

Young played college football at Brigham Young University (Young is a lineal descendant of Brigham Young). Initially, he struggled at passing, and BYU's coaching staff considered watching him for defensive back because of his athleticism. However, he worked hard to improve his quarterbacking skills and eventually succeeded record-setting Jim McMahon as the Cougars' starting QB. Young's senior season 1983 was spectacular. He passed for 3,902 yards and 33 touchdowns in the regular season, and his 71.3% completion percentage set an NCAA single-season record.

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George Dern, 6th governor of Utah

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Zion Canyon at sunset in Zion National Park as seen from Angels Landing

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Attractions: Arches National ParkBonneville Salt FlatsBryce Canyon National ParkCanyonlands National ParkCapitol Reef National ParkGreat Salt LakeHogle ZooLake PowellMonument ValleySki AreasState parksTemple SquareZion National Park

Cities: American ForkBountifulCedar CityClearfieldCottonwood HeightsDraperLaytonLehiLoganMidvaleMillcreekMurrayPleasant GroveOgdenOremProvoRivertonRoySpanish ForkSpringvilleSalt Lake CitySt. GeorgeSandySouth JordanTaylorsvilleTooeleWest JordanWest Valley City

Culture: MusicSundance Film FestivalUtah Shakespearean FestivalUtah Symphony Orchestra

Education: Higher Education

Geography: Cache ValleyCanyonlands DesertColorado PlateauDixieFour CornersGreat BasinGreat Salt Lake DesertMojave DesertRiversRegionsUinta MountainsWasatch FrontWasatch BackWasatch Range

Government: ConstitutionEconomyJudicial systemLegislaturePoliticsState Capitol

History: Fremont cultureAncient Pueblo PeoplesShoshoneGoshuteUtePaiuteNavajoMormon pioneersUtah TerritoryUtah WarUtah Constitution

People: UtahnsGovernors of UtahMayors of Salt Lake City

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

Statistics: Population

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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