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The Built Environment

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This bridge over the San Rafael River at Buckhorn Wash was built in 1937 and restored in 1994. It's part of Utah's built environment.

In lots of ways, we live surrounded by history.

There is a part of history that you can touch, smell, see, and sometimes hear. This history is a part of almost every moment of our lives, and that is the built environment.

Every building and structure has its own history. Each was built at a certain time, and through the following years people used it, lived in it, or changed it in different ways.

Your own house or apartment has its own history--and you are part of it! When was your house built? Who lived there before you did? Get a guide from the Smithsonian (pdf) for ideas on how to research your house's history.