Wednesday is Pioneer Day in Utah. It marks 166 years since the day enshrined as the time the Mormons entered the Salt Lake Valley and the faith's leader, Brigham Young, announced that "this is the place."
As always, there are parades across the state, and many other activities. We have a lot to be proud of. From the pioneers' initial contribution, Utah has developed into a beautiful, productive state that offers a great life for its residents. It has a rich, interesting history, with countless examples during the past 166 years of Utahns providing sacrifices to make lives better for their generation and future generations.
We have a suggestion for those looking for ways to improve their appreciation for Utah and its history. Besides the parades and other activities, which we highly recommend, our state enjoys some of the best trail systems in the United States. There's no shortage of trails in the Top of Utah for those looking for a scenic hike on this day. Also, Utah's history is in abundance for those who want to learn more about it and be at places that we learn about in schools. In Ogden, there are fascinating museums at the train station. In Salt Lake City, by the Capitol, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers provide hours of glimpses of Utah history in their museum.
There are so many places in Utah rich with history that it seems an insult not to mention them all. Here are a few: The Golden Spike National Historic Site, Fillmore, our first state capitol, cemeteries, in Salt Lake City, other cities and small towns, provide history lessons, Silver Reef, a major boom town when precious metals dominated the economy, the many LDS temples that dot Utah. All are a testament to the drive of the Mormon pioneers, who made the desert blossom. As we have said, there are too many to mention. Frankly, one could spend generations visiting a dozen or more historical sites in our state a year, and still have many more to visit.
Happy Pioneer Day, readers. Have a great holiday.