He found the land to be good and so it became ‘Deseret.’ The main man, President Brigham Young look down over the valley and said, “This is the place! Drive on.” The President was stricken with Rocky Mountain fever, an illness spread by ticks and characterized by chills, a hacking cough, severe headaches, acute pains throughout the body, fevers, and delirium, proved debilitating but he survived.
He, along with his pioneer company trekked across hundreds of miles over rough terrain escaping prosecution from Nauvoo, they proceeded west. Through loss, frost, and constant turmoil, they came upon a beautiful desert valley. It is said that Mr. Young declared it the perfect area for them to settle within this safe area with mountains surrounding it, and so they did. And soon Mormonism spread. They erected a temple, churches popped on almost every street corner. Corruption and murder reared its ugly head. When they went to declare themselves as a state, the government realigned their borders to the size it is today. Before the state could join the union, they had to forbid the practice of polygamy in their religion, which they did, publicly. In January 4th, 1896. Although January is their union date, they celebrate the date that Brigham Young looked down upon the valley and chose this state as their end to their religious trek to celebrate.
An educating moment.
Happy July 24th, Utah!