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Arkansas State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Arkansas General Assembly, Arkansas Code of 1987, <http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/bureau/Publications/Arkansas%20Code/ARCodeMainDoc.pdf> (Accessed 9 December 2009)
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

American folk dance Square Dance 1991
Anthem "Arkansas," words and music by Mrs. Eva Ware Barnett 1987
Beverage Milk 1985
Bird Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1929
Butterfly Diana Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria diana) 2007
Creed The Arkansas Creed 1972
Flag Find out more... 1913
Floral emblem Apple Blossom (Pyrus malus) 1901
Fruit South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato 1987
Gem Diamond 1967
Grain Rice 2007
Grape Cynthiana grape (Vitis aestivalis) 2009
Great seal Find out more... 1864
Historical song "The Arkansas Traveler," words by the Arkansas State Song Selection Committee (1947) and music by Colonel Sanford (Sandy) Faulkner (about 1850) 1987
Historic cooking vessel Dutch Oven 2001
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) 1973
Language English 1987
Mammal White-tail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1993
Mineral Quartz crystal 1967
Musical instrument Fiddle 1985
Nut 2009
Poet Laureate The Governor is authorized to designate or appoint, by proclamation, a Poet Laureate of the State of Arkansas. 1971
Poultry Capital of the World Springdale 2013
Purple Martin Capital of Arkansas, Northwest Fort Smith 1993
Purple Martin Capital of Arkansas, Southeast Lake Village 1993
Rock Bauxite 1967
Soil Stuttgart Soil Series 1997
Song "Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)," words and music by Wayland Holyfield
"Oh, Arkansas," words and music by by Terry Rose and Gary Klaf
Tree Pine Tree (Genus Pinus L.) 1939
Trout Capital of the U.S.A. Cotter 1993
Vegetable South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato 1987
Waltz "Arkansas Waltz," music by Bill Urfer, words by Bill Urfer and Cletus Jones (By State Senate Resolution No. 24) 1971

Making laws in Arkansas

The Arkansas House of Representatives offers How a Bill Becomes Law to help us understand how laws are made in Arkansas.

Additional Information

Arkansas State Symbolsadobe document: Symbols Document from the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Arkansas Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Elaine A. Kule

Arkansas Facts and Symbols, by Elaine A. Kule. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Arkansas symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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