• This is the Place Heritage Park • Salt Lake City

History & Culture

In 1847, when Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley he declared, "This is the place" ...years later we still believe that!
Some consider that the heritage of Utah goes way back to the age of dinosaurs. Indeed, fossilized evidence is abundant in our state. Human cultures came later. Utah's Puebloan cultures, the Anasazi and Fremont culture, date back to 1200 A.D. and our lands are rich with evidence of their lives found in rock art – pictographs and petroglyphs – left behind on rock walls, as well as in the ruins of their homes and villages. Other Native American cultures, Ute, Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and Navajo have continued to contribute to Utah's rich heritage. At the time of the American Revolution, Spanish priests explored and brought Christianity to the native populations in what is now Utah. Trappers, mountain men and traders followed. Then, in 1847, Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley and soon established settlements throughout the intermountain west. Twelve years later, the first transcontinental railroad was completed in Utah, and immigration to the region grew tremendously.
On January 4, 1896, Utah achieved statehood. These early cultures formed the warp and woof of the tapestry that is Utah. Known today for its growing, tech-savvy, education-minded and recreation-oriented workforce, Utah is one of the most affordable, clean, safe and livable states in the country. Yet, despite our growing leadership in science, technology, and the arts, it is the echoes of the past that make Utah's culture a rich fabric of myriad hues and textures.