Brief timeline of the history of the state of Utah
  • 1540: Spanish explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado leads an expedition through parts of present-day Utah in search of the legendary Seven Cities of Gold.
  • 1776: Spanish Franciscan friars Silvestre Vélez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Domínguez embark on an expedition through Utah, documenting their journey and interactions with Native American tribes.
  • 1821: Mexico gains independence from Spain, and Utah becomes part of the Mexican territory of Alta California.
  • 1847: A group of Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, arrives in the Salt Lake Valley and establishes Salt Lake City as the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
  • 1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War, and Utah becomes part of the United States as part of the Mexican Cession.
  • 1850: The Utah Territory is created by an act of the U.S. Congress, with Brigham Young serving as the first territorial governor.
  • 1857-1858: The Utah War takes place, a conflict between the United States government and Mormon settlers over issues of governance and religious practices.
  • 1869: The completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit in Utah marks a significant milestone in the nation's transportation and communication systems.
  • 1890: The LDS Church issues the Manifesto, officially ending the practice of polygamy and helping to resolve tensions between the church and the U.S. government.
  • 1896: Utah becomes the 45th state of the United States.
  • Early 20th century: Utah experiences growth and development, particularly in mining, agriculture, and the establishment of national parks and monuments.
  • 2002: Salt Lake City hosts the Winter Olympic Games, bringing international attention to Utah and showcasing its natural beauty and recreational opportunities.
  • Today, Utah is known for its stunning landscapes, including five national parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion), as well as its association with the LDS Church. The state's economy is diverse, with sectors such as tourism, outdoor recreation, technology, and healthcare playing significant roles.

Utah has a captivating history shaped by the westward expansion of the United States. It played a significant role in the settlement of the American West, witnessing the arrival of explorers, fur trappers, and traders. Utah also became a crucial transportation hub during the development of the transcontinental railroad. The state's diverse history is preserved through landmarks and museums that offer insights into its past. Visitors can explore Utah's rich historical heritage and discover the stories of the people who shaped the region.