The state's official bird is the California gull, which was declared the state bird in 1955. The gull is credited with helping early Mormon settlers by eating the insects that were destroying their crops.
Duchesne County, located in eastern Utah, has a rich history dating back centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Ute, Shoshone, and Paiute, who relied on the region's natural resources for survival. European settlers began arriving in the mid-1800s as part of the westward expansion movement.

In 1860, settlers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established the town of Strawberry, marking the founding of what would later become Duchesne County. The town served as a trading post and agricultural center, with residents cultivating crops and raising livestock to sustain themselves and supply nearby communities. As more settlers arrived in the area, additional towns and settlements were established, including Duchesne, Roosevelt, and Myton.

Duchesne County experienced significant growth in the early 20th century due to the discovery of oil and natural gas reserves in the Uinta Basin. This led to an economic boom, with numerous drilling operations and refineries being established in the area. The oil industry played a crucial role in supporting the local economy and providing employment opportunities for residents.

Today, Duchesne County remains a predominantly rural region known for its beautiful landscapes and outdoor recreational opportunities. The county is home to the Uinta Mountains, which offer a wide range of recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, and camping. Agriculture and energy industries continue to be important contributors to the local economy, while tourism has also become increasingly significant, attracting visitors to the area's natural wonders and recreational facilities.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Duchesne County, Utah.

  • 1776 - The Spanish explorers Dominguez and Escalante visit the area
  • 1826 - Fur trappers explore the region
  • 1846 - The Mormon pioneers enter the area
  • 1861 - Duchesne County is established
  • 1905 - The Uintah Indian Reservation is created
  • 1914 - The first oil well is drilled in the county
  • 1925 - The town of Roosevelt is founded
  • 1942 - The Roosevelt Naval Supply Depot is established during World War II
  • 1974 - The Duchesne County Historical Society is formed