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This could have been us!


Imagine Vegas now if Brigham Young had gotten his way: Sinless City would be in the heart of his proposed Mormon state of Deseret. So says Michael J. Trinklein in Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania and Other States That Never Made it (Quirk, $25), a fascinating roundup of such close calls.

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