Welcome to Thursday. After a night’s sleep, do you still think the fly won the debate?
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Trivia Question Answer
Douglas Devore asked: Savvy Utah politicos know there are 29 counties in the state, but that hasn’t always been the case. How many counties did Utah have when it became a state in 1896? (27) Bonus question: When were the additional counties created and by whom? (Duchesne was created in 1915 and Daggett in 1918. Both came into existence by gubernatorial proclamation after popular election.)
Three readers got the answer mostly right. None included the dates when the additional counties were added. Rep. Mike Winder answered first: “There were 27 counties at statehood. Daggett and Duchesne were created by popular vote and by gubernatorial proclamation after Utah became a state.”
Kari Malkovich provided additional history: “In 1849, there were 7 counties — Davis, Iron, Sanpete, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber. In 1851-52 three additional counties were added: Juab, Millard, and Washington. All other counties were established between 1854 and 1894 by the Utah Territorial Legislature except Daggett and Duchesne. They were created by popular vote and by gubernatorial proclamation after Utah became a state.”
Carl Stark said: “There were 27 counties. Daggett and Duchesne counties were created after Utah became a state. They were created by a popular vote and a gubernatorial proclamation.”