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We Bet You Don't Know How Utah Got its Nickname 'Beehive State'

How Did Utah Get its Nickname 'Beehive State'
The beehive as a symbol has always been linked with Utah's glorious history. Even today, the beehive is found on almost everything Utahan! If you're wondering why is Utah called the Beehive state, then UStravelia satisfies your curiosity!
Amita Ray
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018
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A 2012 national survey carried out by Gallup Inc. deemed Utah as the "The Best State to Live in" in America.
If you love being outdoors, then you're probably gonna love Utah. With so much to do, we wonder how do people living in this state manage to stay at home! This state boasts of five breathtakingly beautiful national parks nestled in the hearts of some picturesque canyons. With natural monuments like the Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, some of the most creative displays of nature are in Utah.
Utah was the 45th state to become a part of the United States. It gets its name from the native American tribe, Utes that inhabited this area. It is the 13th largest state and the 33rd most populous. The state is known as a hub of education, information technology, research, mining, and is a major tourist destination.
This state shares its borders with Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. Some of its important cities include Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Provo, etc. St. George was named as the fastest growing city in the U.S. from 2000 to 2005.

So now that you know a little bit about Utah, we're all set to answer your question about why is Utah called the Beehive State.
The Story Behind America's Beehive State
● After Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism was killed by an unidentified mob, his successor Brigham Young forged an agreement with the Governor of Illinois, Thomas Ford, in order to end the conflict between the Mormons and others. According to this agreement, his people would leave by the end of the following year.
● Young was the first person to lead his people to Salt Lake Valley in July 1847, slowly others came to Utah and settled all across the state. This land was a barren desert, but appealed to the Mormons as they could practice their beliefs without any interference.
● The early settlers occupied land which no one wanted as it was deemed inhospitable. As a result, they had to undergo a lot of hardships in order to make the desert bloom and make it habitable. These settlers could identify themselves with the honeybee and its hardworking laborious nature. The Mormons named their new found territory as the State of Deseret, a word for honeybee in the Book of Mormon.
● The beehive is a symbol that is omnipresent throughout the history of Utah. The State of Deseret chose the beehive to be their emblem as it represents the qualities of industriousness, perseverance, thrift, self-reliance, and stability; the qualities that embodied the founders of the state. It first appeared on the seal of the Territory of Utah, in the year 1851 and was adopted as the state seal in 1896.
● On March 4, 1959, the beehive was adopted as the official emblem of the state. Be it the flag of the State of Deseret, the flag of the Territory of Utah, or the flags that were made later, the beehive has always been the centerpiece of the state flag of Utah. It has also been omnipresent on the state seal. To commemorate this, Utah was later given the nickname―'beehive state'.
The love of Utahans for their beehive just doesn't seem to end as they adopted the beehive cluster of stars as their official astronomical symbol due to its name.