(ABC4) – It’s official – Utah has a designated state stone.
Utah has a state animal, a state dinosaur, and even a state folk dance, but there was something missing that House Bill 188 addresses. Sponsored by Representative Christine Watkins (R-Price) the bill designates honeycomb calcite as Utah’s state stone.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed the bill on Tuesday.
The stone, which originates in Duchesne County, is often used to add accents to buildings and architectural applications, according to the Universities Space Research Association.
According to BYU, honeycomb calcite is unique to Utah, being found only in the Uinta Mountains.
Shamrock Mining of Hanna says the name “honeycomb calcite” comes from the honeycomb-like appearance of some of the pieces. It can also look like petrified honey.
You can read the full text of the bill below:
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Numerous bills have been signed from the 2021 Legislative session, including one giving inmates the option to continue taking contraceptives. Another bill establishes a commemorative state flag while also creating a task force for a new Utah state flag.