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5 Fun Facts About May 12 In Utah History

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1. On May 12, 1848, the first group of Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, marking the beginning of the settlement of Utah by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2. May 12, 1902, saw the opening of the Great Salt Lake Cut-Off Railway, a railroad that connected the Union Pacific mainline with the Lucin Cutoff across the Great Salt Lake.

3. In 1955, a series of tornadoes struck the state, including one in Logan that killed one person and caused significant damage.

4. On May 12, 2010, a three-day conference on climate change was held in Salt Lake City, featuring presentations and discussions with experts from around the world.

5. May 12, 2015 marked the start of a major wildfire that burned over 120,000 acres in western Utah, causing widespread damage to homes and infrastructure.
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