The Mormons initially settled Utah’s Salt Lake City, seeking to avoid religious persecution in the East and Midwest. The end of the Mexican War saw the U.S. acquire the land of Utah. There was a continuous conflict between the Mormons and the federal government until 1890, when the religious group renounced polygamy. In 1896, Utah officially became a state. The area has an abundance of natural resources, including copper, silver, gold, and lead.

Furthermore, it’s the sole state to produce gilsonite—used in black ink and paint. Agriculturally, it produces cattle and dairy products. Owing to its distinctive landscape and scenery, Utah is popular as a tourist destination. Tourist hot spots include Zion National Park, Monument Valley, and Bryce Canyon. Recently, the state’s economic growth has benefited small businesses wishing to expand and start-ups.


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