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5 Fun Facts About April 27 In Utah History

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1. In 1853, a group of Mormon pioneers established the town of Levan (Nephi) in Juab County, Utah. The town was named after the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi, and became an important hub for transportation and commerce in the region.

2. On April 27, 1877, the Utah War ended with the surrender of the last of Brigham Young's followers to federal troops. The conflict began in 1857, when President James Buchanan sent troops to Utah to suppress the Mormon rebellion and establish federal control over the territory.

3. In 1910, the first Mormon Tabernacle Choir recordings were made in Salt Lake City, Utah. The choir had been founded in 1847, and quickly became a symbol of the Mormon faith and culture. The recordings helped popularize the choir's music across the country and around the world.

4. On April 27, 1976, Robert Redford purchased the Sundance Ski Resort in Provo Canyon. Redford had been involved with the resort since the mid-1960s, and turned it into a year-round destination for outdoor recreation and the arts. The Sundance Film Festival, which Redford founded in 1981, is held annually at the resort.

5. In 1992, the Great Salt Lake Flood caused widespread damage and disruption throughout northern Utah. The flood was caused by heavy snowmelt and rain, and affected thousands of homes, businesses, and agricultural operations. It remains one of the deadliest and most destructive natural disasters in Utah history.
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