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.
Sevier County, located in central Utah, has a rich and diverse history that dates back thousands of years. The area was initially inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Paiute and Ute Indians. These tribes lived off the land, relying on hunting, gathering, and fishing in the region's abundant natural resources.

In the mid-19th century, Mormon pioneers settled in the area, establishing several communities, including the county seat of Richfield in 1864. The Mormon settlers faced significant challenges in developing the land, including irrigation and water management. They worked diligently to create irrigation systems and transform the desert into an agricultural hub, relying heavily on the natural bounty of the Sevier River.

As the pioneers settled, the county saw significant growth and development. Richfield became an important trading post in southern Utah, attracting settlers, merchants, and traders. The expansion of transportation networks, including railroads, further boosted the county's economy and connected it to neighboring areas. The railroads allowed for the transportation of goods, enabling the development of mining, livestock, and other industries in the region.

Throughout the 20th century, Sevier County continued to grow and diversify. Tourism became an important component of the county's economy, thanks to the beautiful landscapes and recreational opportunities in the area. Visitors flocked to attractions such as Fish Lake, Big Rock Candy Mountain, and Fremont Indian State Park, contributing to the growth of hotels, restaurants, and recreational amenities in the county. Today, Sevier County remains a vibrant and thriving community, showcasing a combination of natural beauty, historical heritage, and modern amenities.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Sevier County, Utah.

  • 1824 - Sevier County was settled by pioneers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
  • 1851 - The area was officially organized as part of Utah Territory.
  • 1865 - The town of Richfield was settled and became the county seat.
  • 1874 - Sevier County was officially established with Richfield as its county seat.
  • 1881 - The first creamery was established in the county, leading to a boom in dairy farming.
  • 1896 - Utah became a state and Sevier County was a part of it.
  • 1921 - Fishlake National Forest was established, covering a large part of Sevier County.
  • 1962 - Interstate 70 was completed, providing improved transportation access to the county.
  • 2002 - The Rattlesnake Fire destroyed thousands of acres of land in Sevier County.
  • 2019 - Brian Head Fire burned a significant portion of the county, causing significant damage to wildlife and forests.