This week in Utah history
On Saturday, January 4, 1896, U.S. President Grover Cleveland officially signed a Joint Resolution, at 29 Stat. 461 (pictured), announcing Utah as the 45th state. The official inauguration of state officials occurred two days later.
There are several educational websites about Utah's earliest days. One is Utah's Road to Statehood, created by the Utah State Archives. Here you'll read about the earliest political parties formed, learn about the 1895 Constitutional Convention, and see scanned historical documents from the Statehood celebration, including pictures of letters sent to the new Utah Governor Heber Wells.
Another great resource is Utah History to Go, created by the Utah State Historical Society. This encyclopedia of all things Utah has articles on Utah's struggle for statehood and early statehood life.
Historic newspapers provide a unique view of events from the time they occurred. The University of Utah's Digital Newspapers database lets you search a variety of Utah newspapers and date ranges. You can also narrow your search to a specific newspaper. The Library of Congress' free Chronicling America database lets you search and view articles from several newspapers in Utah and other states.