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11 Facts About Utah That Will Blow Your Mind

We all know Utah is a pretty awesome place, but did you know all of these things?! This list is the icing on the cake. 

The Inventor Of Television Was Born Here

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Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television, born in Beaver, UT. Oh! And so was Butch Cassidy! 

Utah Was The Home Of The World's Largest Raptor, The Utahraptor

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The first specimens of the Utahraptor were discovered in 1975 near Moab. They measure an average of 23 feet long and are larger than any other known raptor. 

SLC Was Not Intended To Be The State Capitol

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Fillmore was Utah's first territorial capital and was named for U.S. President Millard Fillmore. The statehouse was never completed, but the first wing remains Utah's oldest governmental building and now serves as a state museum. Also, Utah is the only state whose capital's name is made of three words.

The Great Salt Lake 3-5 Times Saltier Than The Ocean

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The Great Salt Lake is 3 to 5 times saltier than the ocean. It's almost impossible not to float in this body of water. Fish free, the lake's largest aquatic critters are brine shrimp. 

Utah Is The Jello Capital Of The World

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More jello is eaten in Utah than any where else in the world.

Utah Gave Women The Right To Vote Before The Federal Government Did

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Did you know that women in the Utah Territory got right to vote well before the 19th amendment was passed in 1920? In fact, women in Utah were granted the right to vote twice! 

The Winter Olympics Have Never Been Hosted By A City Larger Than SLC

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Who knew SLC was considered such a large city?

SLC Has The Youngest Population In The United States. And That's Not All!

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Of the 50 states, Utah has the youngest population; one of the highest birth rates; the second lowest death rate; the healthiest population; the highest literacy rate; the highest percentage of high school graduates; and the highest number of people with a college education. Sounds like we know what we're doing!

SLC Founded The Nation's Very First Department Store

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Zions Co-operative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) was established in 1868 and was the nation's first department store. Although the original building is now in operation as a Macy's the store facade was preserved during the City Creek construction. 

Utah Mountain Peaks Are The Tallest In The Country

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On average, Utah's peaks are the tallest in the US. 

Temple Square Is The 16th Most Visited Attraction In America

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