Conversation about Utah usually covers only three different points: Mormons, the mountains and the Olympics. There is a lot more going on Utah than just those three. Here are 13 facts you never knew about Utah.
1. Every county in Utah contains some part of national forest. That means that wherever you go in Utah, you are just a few minutes away from exploring some of the best countrysides America has to offer. Also, each national park is completely different from the others. You can go from beautiful snow-covered mountains to stunning dry rock within a few hours. How wild is that?
2. It is illegal to fish from horseback in the state of Utah. Apparently, that was a problem.
3. The name Utah comes from the Ute tribe living in the area. It means "people of the mountains." Ask anybody living in Utah to choose between the ocean and the mountains, and they all would definitely choose the mountains.
4. The city of Kanab is considered Utah's Little Hollywood. On any given day, you can catch some of your favorite stars filming a movie there. Some movies filmed in Kanab include "Planet of the Apes," "The Flintstones," "Galaxy Quest" and "John Carter."
5. The Great Salt Lake is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island. Poor Rhode Island! It's definitely a strange comparison. Either Rhode Island is very small, no offense, or the Great Salt Lake is huge. You decide.
6. Utah is the Jell-O capital of the world. No one else eats as much Jell-O as the people of Utah. If tastes suddenly changed for the people of the mountains, it could be the end of Jell-O.
7. Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television, was born in Beaver, Utah. We all live in debt to Farnsworth. Without him, there would be no "Friends" or "Monday Night Football." Thank heavens for Philo and his brilliance.
8. Utah has the highest literacy rate of any state. That must be a lot of collective intelligence. Let's hope it is going to a good cause. Good work!
9. Women in Utah were granted the right to vote 50 years before the rest of the country. Once the rest of the nation got on the women's suffrage bandwagon, Utah women were given the right to vote a second time. Twice, they were entitled to vote.
10. Zions Co-operative Mercantile Institution was the nation's first department store. It was established in Salt Lake City in 1868. It was definitely no Macy's but it provided convenient alternatives to making everything by hand.
11. A cooking pot is one of the state symbols. The Dutch oven is very important to the early people of Utah.
12. In 2014, Utah broke the Guinness World Record for the largest nativity scene, with 1,039 people participating. There were sheep and llamas everywhere. People dressed in clothes reminiscent of 1 A.D. Let's hope the hygiene was modern.
13. The state rock is coal. Warmth is important. Whether coal is a rock or not, Utah values its fuel. Don't question it.