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U.S. teritory organized 1850 (admitted as a state 1896), from Spanish yuta, name of the indigenous Uto-Aztecan people of the Great Basin (Modern English Ute), perhaps from Western Apache (Athabaskan) yudah "high" (in reference to living in the mountains).
Note: The Great Salt Lake is located in the northwestern part of the state.
Note: Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, founded the state and to a large extent still dominate it.