Utah Stories from the Beehive Archive

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Do you love your work? Georgie White did. Her free spirit and appetite for Western landscapes and ferocious rivers led to a long, passionate career.What’s YOUR passion?  Veteran adventurer Georgie White turned her passion into a career by…

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Have you ever seen a wildfire exploding up a mountain or heard one roaring through a forest? For Northern Ute Indian Firefighters, that was just another day at work.As a kid, Gina Sixkiller remembered her father smelling like fire.  "I used to think…

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Wings flashing in the sunlight, raucous calls filling the air, and tons of bird excrement coating the rocks. Learn about guano gathering out on the Great Salt Lake.Making a living collecting bird droppings does not exactly sound like the ideal job. …

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We no longer work as close to the land as Utah’s indigenous people once did. But that doesn’t mean we don’t work for the same reasons. Learn how Timpanogos Utes made a living and how we might relate.We sometimes forget how much work was – and…

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Irrigation was essential to early Mormons’ ability to survive in Utah. Learn how they labored physically, intellectually, and communally to make the desert bloom.Looking back at the Mormons of the late nineteenth century, one historian joked that,…

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Utahns have looked to the mountains for minerals, lumber, water, and even grazing lands. But how were our mountains re-imagined into the skiing playgrounds we know today?Alpine skiers claim that Utah has the best snow on Earth. But before people…

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Learn about the Provo Woolen Mills, the first large factory built in Utah.Prior to the coming of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, Utah's economy revolved mainly around agriculture, barter, and small-scale manufacturing. With the railroad,…

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One of the most important artists of the 20th Century took a convoluted journey to create one of the most significant works of land art in the world. And it happened right here in Utah.     Robert Smithson was one of the pioneers of the land art…

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words... Artists got people moving West by idealizing both the journey and the destination.  The mapmaker for the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition, Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco, created the first known map of Utah…

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Birds do it… So do humans. In fact, humans in Utah have been heading south for winter for more than 1500 years.  Along the lower Bear River, where it stretches into the Great Salt Lake, are the remains of five prehistoric campsites. …

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Captain Howard Stansbury journeys around the Great Salt Lake. In 1849, officials of the US Army Corps of Topographical Engineers sent Captain Howard Stansbury on a two-year expedition to the Great Basin with a long list of orders.  At the top of the…

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A group of Russian pioneers sought a place to build their religious colony far from cities and government interference. Where else would they come but Utah? “Invest Dimes and Reap Dollars in Park Valley, Utah!”  That was the promise of the…

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The voyage of Hawaiian Islanders to the windswept desert of Skull Valley could only have happened in Utah.   Once established in Utah in 1847, the Mormon Church drew thousands of new converts who came to build a new home in “Zion.”  By the…

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Think about your daily travel routines. What would you do without well-maintained roads, air-conditioning, or ways to entertain the kids?  Did you know that 86% of American commuters drive cars to work and spend an average 50 minutes each day on the…

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Historic obstacles to travel on Utah’s Green River are now considered opportunities for adventure.   Fast waters, deadly rapids, high cliff walls, and an unknown course have long been obstacles that limited human activity on Utah’s Green…

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An area now occupied by an oil refinery, a gravel mine, and a freeway, was once Salt Lake’s premier tourist attraction.    Everyone smells it.  A whiff of sulfur, as your car rounds the corner on I-15 between Salt Lake and Davis Counties.…

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The 100-mile summer bike ride of William Rishel and Charlie Emise across the Great Salt Lake Desert almost ended in disaster.  In 1896, to promote his growing chain of national newspapers, publisher William Randolph Hearst cooked up a wildly…

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Utah’s mountain ranges were raided and its rivers put to work in order to build the national railroad system.  When the transcontinental railroad came to Utah in 1868 and 1869 – and as branch lines later spread through the territory – railroad…

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One of the goals of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition was to find a northern route to the Spanish missions in Monterey, California from the Spanish colonial stronghold of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Led by two Franciscan friars named Silvestre Velez de…

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More than 140 years ago, on August 30, 1869, six men in two wooden boats emerged into open country from the high cliffs and rough waters of the Grand Canyon. They were “blackened, bearded, emaciated, in rags,” and down to their last stash of…
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