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Utah Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 18, 2021

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Utah ranks 34th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Utah is a state in the United States of America located in the American Mountains. It is also in the Southwest region. Utah is some 85 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 3.2 million people. The state is divided into 29 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Utah we have discovered historical markers in 201 cities and towns lying in 192 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 1,174 historical markers in Utah, by our count. We have cataloged 1,173 historical markers and seven war memorials—each individually presented on 1,178 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another historical marker in Utah that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Utah marker in the database, Iosepa Historical Memorial, was added June 24, 2007. It was photographed near Grantsville in Tooele County and was erected in 1989. The last one added was submitted on December 3, 2020, and titled Pioneer Square. It is in Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County and had been erected in 1933. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Utah was erected in 1897. It was this one: In Honor of Brigham Young and the Pioneers, and one of our correspondents found it in Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County on September 5, 2010.

Utah Historical Topics
392 • Settlements and Settlers
184 • Churches and Religion
170 • Notable Buildings
155 • Industry and Commerce
115 • Entertainment
70 • Railroads and Streetcars
68 • Forts or Castles
67 • Education
66 • Exploration
55 • Native Americans
    ... and others ...

Utahns don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Utah about Settlements and Settlers—392 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Churches and Religion with 184 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was also Iosepa Historical Memorial, added June 24, 2007. It had been erected in 1989 near Grantsville in Tooele County. The last one submitted also was submitted on December 3, 2020, and titled Pioneer Square. It had been erected in 1933 in Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1897. It is In Honor of Brigham Young and the Pioneers, found in Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County on September 5, 2010.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Utah? What we know is that This is the Place Monument is the most viewed entry in the database from Utah since it was added in 2007. It is located in Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County. This year so far, the most viewed Utahn entry is located near Springville in Utah County. It is In Memory of Edwin Whiting Pioneer.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Utah county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Salt Lake County, with 184 of them. It is followed by Washington County with 130 markers. The Salt Lake City area of Salt Lake County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 132. In Washington County the area with the most markers, 36, is St. George.

Historical Markers in These
Utah Counties
184 • Salt Lake County
130 • Washington County
118 • Kane County
112 • Utah County
67 • Sanpete County
63 • Box Elder County
58 • Iron County
45 • San Juan County
39 • Carbon County
39 • Cache County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Utah with the most markers we again find Salt Lake City at the top of the list with 132 markers in or near it. It is followed by Kanab in Kane County with 101 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 84741 at the top of the list with 104 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 84741 is assigned to Kanab UT including the Big Water, Canyon Point, and Glen Canyon delivery areas.) It is followed by ZIP Code 84770 with 35 markers. (84770 is assigned to Saint George UT including the Diamond Valley, Harrisburg Junction, Middleton, St George, and Winchester Hills delivery areas.)

Historical Markers Near These
Utah Cities and Towns
132 • Salt Lake City
101 • Kanab
36 • St. George
29 • Corinne
27 • Cedar City
25 • Hurricane
25 • Logan
25 • Ogden
21 • Helper
21 • Provo
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Salt Lake County, the first marker added to the database from there, Park (Rio Grande) Hotel, was added June 25, 2007. It was erected in 1993 in Salt Lake City. The last one submitted—also the last one submitted in all of Utah—was uploaded on December 3, 2020, and is titled Pioneer Square and was erected in 1933, in Salt Lake City. The earliest marker erected in Salt Lake County that we have listed was erected in 1897. It was In Honor of Brigham Young and the Pioneers, found in Salt Lake City on September 5, 2010.

Latest entry from Utah. Click to go there
By Tyler Thorsted, October 22, 2020
Latest Entry from Utah
“Pioneer Square”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Kanab. The first: John Ford, was added March 27, 2011. The last: Sidney Poitier added on March 7, 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1933: Jacob Hamblin, added on March 28, 2011.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Utah Division of State History is currently in charge of official historical markers found all over the state. We have 107 of their markers in the database.

In addition, the Daughters of Utah Pioneers—not government affiliated—also erected numerous historical markers, and we have 254 of their Utah markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Utah. Click to go there
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
A Division of State History Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Utah have been marked with history. Check out Daggett County, Wasatch County and Morgan County. We've only found two historical markers in the first and one in each of the other two. Visiting one or more of these parts of Utah might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Jan. 18, 2021