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Colorado State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives: Symbols & Emblems, <http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/history/symbemb.htm> (Accessed 11 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.

Amphibian Western tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium) 2012
Air and space museum Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum 1997
Animal Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) 1961
Bird Lark bunting (Calamospiza melancorys Stejneger) 1931
Cactus Claret cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) 2014
Fish Greenback cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias) 1994
Flag Find out more... 1911
Flower White and lavender columbine (Aquilegia caerulea) 1899
Folk dance Square dancing 1992
Fossil Stegosaurus 1982
Gemstone Aquamarine 1971
Grass Blue grama grass 1987
Great seal Find out more... 1877
Insect Colorado hairstreak butterfly (Hypaurotis crysalus) 1996
Mineral Rhodochrosite 2002
Pets Adopted shelter dogs and cats 2013
Recreational sports Skiing and snowboarding 2008
Reptile Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) 2008
Rock Yule marble 2004
Song "Where the Columbines Grow," by A.J. Flynn 1915
Song "Rocky Mountain High," by John Denver 2007
Summer heritage sport Pack burro racing 2012
Tartan Find out more... 1997
Tree Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens) 1939

Making laws in Colorado

The Colorado Legislature, called the Colorado General Assembly, offers this chartadobe document as well as a more detailed document, The Legislative Processadobe document, to help us understand how laws are made in Colorado. This Glossaryadobe document will probably be useful too.

Additional Information

Colorado State Archives: Symbols & Emblems: from the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration.

Colorado Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Colorado Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 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 Colorado 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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