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State Symbols: An Overview

Added by yongli on 10/21/2015 - 16:40, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
What good are official symbols and emblems? In the abstract, they associate the state or nation with representative features or desirable traits. Symbols usually emphasize something unique, or at least characteristic, about a particular state. The United States and every individual state possess an...

State Animal

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Added by Greg Vogl on 08/14/2014 - 08:22, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 07:05
The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis , was adopted as the official state animal on May 1, 1961 by an act of the General Assembly. The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep is found only in the Rockies, usually above timberline in rugged mountainous areas. The male sheep is three to three and a...

State Bird

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Added by Greg Vogl on 02/17/2015 - 17:05, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 07:05
The Lark Bunting, Calamospiza melanocoryus Stejneger , was adopted as the official state bird on April 29, 1931. The Lark Bunting is a migrant bird. Flocks arrive in April and inhabit the plains regions and areas up to 8,000 feet in elevation. They fly south again in September. The male bird is...

State Fish

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Added by Greg Vogl on 02/13/2015 - 17:20, last changed on 09/29/2016 - 09:57
The Greenback Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus clarkii somias , was adopted as the official state fish on March 15, 1994, by an act of the General Assembly. The Rainbow Trout was considered the state fish from 1954 until 1994 but was never officially adopted. The Greenback Cutthroat Trout was at one...

State Flag

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Added by Greg Vogl on 02/17/2015 - 17:15, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 07:05
The state flag was adopted on June 5, 1911 by an act of the General Assembly. The flag was adopted to be used on all occasions when the state is officially and publicly represented, with the privilege of use by all citizens upon such occasions as they deem fitting and appropriate. Laws pertaining...

State Flower

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Added by Greg Vogl on 02/17/2015 - 17:28, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 07:05
The white and lavender Columbine, Aquilegia caerulea , was adopted as the official state flower on April 4, 1899 by an act of the General Assembly. In 1925, the General Assembly made it the duty of all citizens to protect this rare species from needless destruction or waste. To further protect this...

State Folk Dance

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Added by Greg Vogl on 02/17/2015 - 17:33, last changed on 02/17/2017 - 15:35
The Square Dance was adopted as the official state folk dance on March 16, 1992 by an act of the General Assembly. Square dancing is the American folk dance which traces its ancestry to the English country dance and the French ballroom dance, and which is called, cued, or prompted to the dancers...

State Motto

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Added by Greg Vogl on 02/13/2015 - 10:27, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 20:53
The Latin phrase "Nil Sine Numine” was adopted as part of the Territorial Seal. At recurring intervals the interpretation of this Latin phrase, commonly translated as "Nothing without Providence,” has been disputed. Some say it means "Nothing without God.” In the early mining days of the State, the...

State Name and Nickname

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Added by Greg Vogl on 02/13/2015 - 09:41, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 20:53
The name of our state, Colorado, has its origin in the Spanish language, as the word for "colored red.” This was the name chosen for Colorado as a Territory in 1861 by Congress. Colorado has been nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state in the year 1876, 100 years after the...

State Seal

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Added by Greg Vogl on 02/17/2015 - 17:35, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 20:53
The circular Seal of the State of Colorado is an adaptation of the Territorial Seal, which was adopted by the First Territorial Assembly on November 6, 1861. The only changes made in the Territorial Seal design were the substitution of the words, "State of Colorado" and the figures "1876" for the...
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