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Washington State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


The State of Washington. Washington State Legislature. Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Olympia: The State of Washington, 2007. Web.
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 Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla) 2007
Arboretum Washington Park Arboretum - University of Washington, Seattle 1995
Bird Willow goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) 1951
Dance Square dance 1979
Endemic mammal Olympic marmot (Marmota olympus) 2005
Fish Steelhead trout (Salmo gairdneri) 1969
Flag Find out more... 1923
Flower Coast rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) 1892
Folk song "Roll On Columbia, Roll On," by Woody Guthrie 1987
Fossil Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) 1998
Fruit Apple 1989
Gem Petrified wood 1975
Grass Bluebunch wheatgrass (Agropyron spicatum) 1989
Great seal Find out more... 1889
Insect Green darner dragonfly (Anax junius Drury) 1997
Marine mammal Orca (Orcinus orca) 2005
Oyster Ostrea lurida 2014
Ship President Washington 1983
Ship Lady Washington 2007
Song "Washington, My Home," written by Helen Davis, arranged by Stuart Churchill 1959
Tartan Asett w/green background and blue, white, yellow, red and black stripes. 1991
Tree Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) 1947
Vegetable Walla Walla sweet onion 2007
Waterfall Palouse Falls 2014

Making laws in Washington

The Washington legislature, called the Washington General Court, offers A Primer On Legislative Process to help us understand how laws are made in Washington.

Additional Information

The Symbols of Washington State: Washington State Legislature.

Washington Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Washington Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Bridgestone Books; Rev Upd edition (June 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Washington 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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