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5 Fun Facts About June 24 In Utah History

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1. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, received a revelation in June 1834 stating that the city of Zion would be located in Jackson County, Missouri.

2. In June 1847, Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley and began to establish the city of Salt Lake City. This event is now celebrated as Pioneer Day every July 24th in Utah.

3. The Golden Spike was driven into the ground in promontory Summit, Utah on June 24, 1869, completing the first transcontinental railroad across the United States.

4. On June 24, 1976, a massive earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck Ogden, Utah, causing significant damage to buildings and roads.

5. June 24, 2016 marked the beginning of the Brian Head Fire, the largest wildfire in Utah's recorded history, which burned over 71,000 acres and destroyed several homes and businesses before finally being contained on July 12th of that year.
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