I mentioned a few weeks ago about how the roads in the countryside in Kansas are numbered and a mile apart so Rd 54 and Rd 56 are two miles apart (http://trekincartwrights.blogspot.com/2018/06/observations.html) - well, the Utah roads have a few interesting characteristics...
One is that they are in "hundreds" instead of starting at "1st" street, and they are in quadrants around the center.
|So in addition to going "East on W North Temple" (which I commented on a couple of days ago), you see the third direction down is "Turn left on E 400 S". In other cities, this would be "Turn left on East 4th Street".|
I have not found that the roads are necessarily an even distance apart (so the distance between 2000 and 2400 is not necessarily 4 times the distance between 2000 and 2100).
Another interesting thing is that the Utah state highways have a beehive around their route numbers:
|Or, I guessed that they were beehives.|
I thought that I could ask the folks that I was getting services from today if they knew why... the massage lady said that she didn't know. The hair styling guy said that he thought it was because Utah is the "Beehive State".
I asked, "Why is it the Beehive state? Does it have lots of bees?"
"Not really, I think it had something to do with the Mormons being busy as bees."
Sure enough (https://statesymbolsusa.org/symbol/utah/state-cultural-heritage-symbol/beehive):
(Parenthetical note: that's an interesting website - I was thinking, "I don't think Virginia or Texas have a 'State Emblem'" so I went to check, and neither of them do, but Virginia has a state dog breed (American Foxhound) as does Texas (Blue Lacy), and Texas also has a state epic poem ('Legend of Old Stone Ranch') - in addition to a lot of other interesting "state" things. Your state legislatures at work, I'm sure!)
Official State Emblem of UtahIn 1959, Utah designated the beehive as the official state emblem (along with the state motto: "Industry"). Industry is directly associated with the symbol of the beehive - early Utah pioneers had very few available resources and had to rely on their own "industry" to survive.
Finally, when the Garmin is giving us directions, and we are to turn onto a "Utah" state route, she says something like "Yut-a 126" with less of a second syllable than I would usually use when saying the state name (like the first two syllables of "Rut-a-ba-go"). It made me think it was saying something like "Ute" (the Indian tribe) in two syllables, and then I got to wondering where the state name came from. The state government website says that is the case (http://historytogo.utah.gov/facts/statefacts.html):
The state of Utah is named after the Utes, an American Indian tribe.That's it on the history and road lecture for today!