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BRIEF HISTORY OF UTAH
Ron Rood and Linda Thatcher

Utah's thousands of years of prehistory and its centuries of known recorded history are so distinctive and complex that a summary can only hint at the state's rich heritage. The synopsis offered here follows major themes in Utah history and includes some of the significant dates, events, and individuals.

Unique Setting Prehistory American Indians Explorers & Trappers Mormon Settlement Territorial Days Crossroads of the West
Mines & Minorities Transition Statehood Adjustment War & Depression Utah Today Bibliography

Selected Bibliography
compiled by Linda Thatcher and Alan Barnett

Some of the best historical information that has been written appears in the Utah Historical Quarterly. The Historical Society also publishes Beehive History and Utah Preservation Magazine.

General History

Alexander, Thomas G. Utah: The Right Place (Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, Publishers, 1995).

Allen, James B. and Glen M. Leonard. The Story of the Latterday Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1976.

Atlas of Utah (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University, 1981).

Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns (Salt Lake City: Western Epics, 1972).

Cline, Gloria Griffen. Exploring the Great Basin (Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 1988).

Ludlow, Daniel H., ed. Encyclopedia of Mormonism.  New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1992.

May, Dean L. Utah: A People's History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1987).

McCormick, Nancy D. and John S.  Discovering Utah (Salt Lake City: Gibbs M. Smith, Inc., 1986).

Mooney, Bernice Maher. Salt of the Earth: The History of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, 1776-1987 (Salt Lake City: Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, 1987).

Peterson, Charles S. Utah: A Bicentennial History (New York: Norton, 1977).

Papanikolas, Helen Z., ed. The Peoples of Utah (Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1976).

Poll, Richard D., et al. Utah's History (reprinted; Logan, Utah State University Press, 1989).

Powell, Allan Kent. Utah History Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, 1994).

Pioneer Heritage Books

Kimball, Stanley B. Historic Sites and Markers Along the Mormon and Other Great Western Trails (Urbana, IL: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1988).

Kimball, Stanley B. and Violet T. Mormon Trail: Voyage of Discovery: The Story Behind the Scenery (Las Vegas: K. C. Publications, Inc., 1995).

Knight, Hal and Stanley B. Kimball. 111 Days to Zion (Salt Lake City: Big Moon Traders, 1997).

Madsen, Susan Arrington. I Walked To Zion (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994).

Oregon/Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trails Management Plan (Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Land Management, 1986).

Worchester, Don, ed. Pioneer Trails West (Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1985).


UTAH CHAPTERS
The Land
American Indians
Trappers, Traders, & Explorers
Pioneers & Cowboys
Mining & Railroads
Statehood & the Progressive Era
From War to War
Utah Today