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Utah State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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The State of Utah. Utah State Legislature. Utah Code / Constitution. Salt Lake City: The State of Utah, 2012. Web. <http://le.utah.gov/UtahCode/title.jsp>.
The State of Utah. Utah State Library. Utah State Symbols. Salt Lake City: The State of Utah, 2011. Web. <http://pioneer.utah.gov/research/utah_symbols/index.html>.
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.

Animal Elk (Cervus canadensis) 1971
Bird California gull (Larus californicus) 1955
Centennial astronomical symbol Beehive cluster 1996
Centennial star Dubhe 1996
Centennial tartan Find out more... 1996
Cooking pot Dutch oven 1997
Emblem Beehive 1959
Firearm John M. Browning designed M1911 automatic pistol 2011
Fish Bonneville cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii utah) 1997
Flag Find out more... 1913
Flower Sego lily (Calochortus nuttallii) 1911
Folk dance Square dance 1994
Fossil Allosaurus 1988
Fruit Cherry 1997
Gem Topaz 1969
Grass Indian grass (Achnatherum hymenoides) 1990
Great seal Find out more... 1896
Historic vegetable Sugar beet 2002
Hymn "Utah We Love Thee," by Evan Stephens. 2003
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) 1983
Mineral Copper 1994
Railroad museum Ogden Union Station 1998
Rock Coal 1991
Song "Utah This is the Place," by Sam and Gary Francis 2003
Tree Blue spruce (Picea pungens)
Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Vegetable Spanish sweet onion 2002
Winter sports Skiing and snowboarding 2012

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Additional Information

Utah State Symbols: Utah State Library: Pioneer, Utah's Online Library.

63G-1-601. State symbols.: Utah State Legislature: Utah Code Section 63G-1-601, naming state symbols.

Utah Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Kathy Feeney

Utah Facts and Symbols, by Kathy Feeney. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press(MN); Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Ages 7+. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Utah 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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