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The state known as Utah began when
Brigham Young led a group of Mormon pilgrims seeking freedom from
religious persecution into the Great Salt Lake Valley, where they
established a settlement in 1847.
The state gets its name from the Ute, an Indian
tribe who lived there before the pioneers arrived. The golden
spike completing the first transcontinental railroad line was
driven at Promontory, Utah, in 1869, leading to a further influx
of settlers. Utah was admitted as the 45th state in 1896.
The capital, Salt Lake City, is also the world
headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
and Mormons make up 70 percent of the population. The sego lily is
the state flower of the "Beehive State."