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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Why Utah is nicknamed the Honeybee State

There was once nearly a State named after the honeybee in the USA. Apparently, Brigham Young, leader of the Mormons and Governor of Utah territory in the 1850s, orginally wanted a state called Deseret which according to the Book of Mormon, the sacred text of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (corrected), meant honeybee to Hebrew Christians living in ancient America. Like the honeybee, Young thought his followers should be productive and self-sufficient.

However, the US Federal Government rejected the Deseret name because of its religious significance and the territory was admitted to the Union in 1896 as Utah (named after the Ute tribe of Native Americans).

The name Deseret lives on in many businesses in Utah, including the Deseret Morning News, and the state is still known by the nickname of the Honeybee State. It has the beehive as an emblem on its flag and elsewhere even though honeybees are not very economically significant in the area.


Blogger Cordia Amant said...

You did a good job on the research other than one helpful hint. The name of the church is actually The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This might be helpful if you wanted to do more research about bees and the church.

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