List of Utah state symbols

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Location of the state of Utah in the United States of America

The U.S. state of Utah has 26 official symbols, as designated by the Utah State Legislature, and three unofficial symbols. All official symbols, except the Great Seal, are listed in Title 63G of Utah Code.[1] In 1896, Utah became a state, and on April 3 the Utah legislature, in its first regular session, adopted its first symbol, the Great Seal of the State of Utah.[2]

Many unique symbols of Utah are related to Utah's pioneer heritage, such as the California gull, the beehive, the dutch oven and the Sego Lily. Utah has symbols that are used by multiple states. For example, the honey bee, Utah's state insect, is also a symbol of Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin.[3]

Official State symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Description Adopted Image Source
Animal Rocky Mountain Elk
Cervus canadensis nelsoni
Once found over most of the United State and Canada, elk herds have been decimated by hunting and habitat loss. Now, elk are only found in the Rocky Mountains. State owned Hardware Ranch provides feed for 600 elk every winter.[4] 1971 Cervus canadensis2006.jpg [5]
Astronomical
symbol
Beehive Cluster The Beehive Cluster is an open cluster of about 1,000 stars and is located in the constellation Cancer. It was named the state's astronomical symbol due to having the same name as the state's emblem and nickname. 1996 Messier 044 2MASS.jpg [6]
Bird California gull
Larus californicus
Named the state bird in commemoration of the "miracle of the gulls". In 1848, the pioneers where tending to their first harvest since they arrived in Utah, when Mormon cricket swarmed in and started to devour the crops. California gulls came in and ate the crickets, thus saving the crops. 1955 CaliforniaGull23.jpg [7]
Emblem Beehive The beehive symbolizes industry, which is the state's motto. Before the state of Utah, the provisional government of the State of Deseret also had the beehive as its emblem. Deseret means honeybee in the Book of Mormon.[8] The first bees brought to modern-day Utah were allegedly carried by Charles Crismon from the Mormon colony in San Bernardino, California.[9] 1959 Biskötsel, Vanlig halmkupa, Nordisk familjebok.png [10]
Cooking Pot Dutch Oven Dutch ovens were the primary cooking vessels of pioneers. The World Championship Dutch Oven Cookoff is held every summer near Logan, Utah. 1997 Dutch Oven -McClures Magazine.jpg [11]
Fish Bonneville Cutthroat Trout
Oncorhynchus clarki Utah
In 1997, the state fish became the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout replacing the Rainbow Trout, which had been the state fish since 1971. The Bonneville Cutthroat Trout is a native species to Utah, unlike the Rainbow Trout, and was an important source of food for the pioneers and Native Americans. 1997 Bonneville cutthroat.jpg [12]
Flag The Flag of Utah The state flag contains a beehive in the middle, the word "industry" above the beehive and Sego Lilies growing on either side of the beehive. The bald eagle, two American flags, the date 1847, representing the year the pioneers arrived in Utah, and the date 1896, the year Utah became a state. 1913 Utah State Flag [2]
Flower Sego Lily
Calochortus nuttallii
The bulbs of the Sego Lily were used as food for the Native Americans and for the Mormon pioneers when food became scarce. 1911 Sego lily cm.jpg [13]
Dance Square dance Andrew Love Neff, in his book History of Utah 1847-1869, says "The Mormons love dancing... almost every third man is a fiddler, and every one must learn to dance... Let it be remembered that only square dances were indulged in."[14] 1994 A group of dancers in colorful Western clothing promenading in a circle, with a man speaking into a microphone on a stage in the background. [15]
Firearm Browning M1911 Named due to inventor John Browning's ties to Utah. 2011 M1911 pistol.jpg [16]
Fossil Allosaurus A meat eater and the most common Theropod that lived during the late Jurassic period. Utah's Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry contains the densest concentration of Jurassic era fossils ever found and has more Allosaurus fossils have been found at the Quarry than any where else.[17] The University of Utah's Utah Museum of Natural History has the world's largest collection of Allosaurus fossils.[18] 1988 Allosaurus BW.jpg [19]
Fruit Cherry
Prunus avium
Cherries are a major fruit crop in the state of Utah. Cherry trees, given by Japan just after World War II, line the Utah State Capitol grounds. 1997 Rainier Cherries.JPG [20]
Gem Topaz The semiprecious crystal is made from silicon, aluminium and fluorine. Utah topaz can be yellow, gold, red and pink in color. It is found in Juab, Tooele and Beaver counties. 1969 Topaz-27da.jpg [21]
Grass Indian Ricegrass
Achnatherum hymenoides
Indian ricegrass is a perennial bunchgrass. The ricegrass is a vital food source for animals as it starts to produces green shoots in late winter and into spring, before other food sources start to grow. Native Americans would turn the seeds into flour for bread.[22] 1990 Achnatherum hymenoides - Ricegrass.jpg [23]
Hymn Utah, We Love Thee Utah's original state song from 1936 to 2003. The song was written in 1895 by Evan Stephens for celebrations held in 1896, when Utah became a state. 2003 Utah We Love Thee.png [24]
Insect Honey Bee
Apis mellifera
Utah's nickname is the beehive state. Utah was first called the State of Deseret with Deseret meaning honeybee in the Book of Mormon. 1983 Apis mellifera bi.jpg [25]
Language English Utah voters approved Initiative A on the 2000 ballot to make English become the official language. 2000 [26][27]
Mineral Copper Utah is home to the Bingham Canyon Open Pit Copper Mine, which has produced copper since 1906. The mine has produced more copper than any other mine in history.[28] 1994 Copper.jpg [29]
Motto Industry The beehive symbolizes industry. Industry appears on the state flag and the Great Seal of the State of Utah. 1959 [10]
Rock Coal Coal mines in Carbon and Emery counties have been operating since 1881.[30] 1991 Coal anthracite.jpg [31]
Seal The Great Seal of the State of Utah The state seal contains a beehive in the middle, the word "industry" above the beehive and Sego Lilies growing on either side of the beehive. The bald eagle, two American flags, the date 1847, representing the year the pioneers arrived in Utah, and the date 1896, the year Utah became a state. 1896 Seal of Utah [2][32]
Song Utah, This is the Place Written in 1996 for Utah's centennial celebration, it became the state song because school children "didn't like the current state song, Utah We Love Thee... that it wasn't very much fun to sing." Legislation presented by Dana Chambers Love on behalf of 4th graders from Davis county changed the song in 2003. 2003 [33]
Star Dubhe
Alpha Ursae Majoris
One of the stars composing the Big Dipper. Dubhe was chosen in 1996, the state's centennial, as it was supposedly 100 light years away. In actuality, the star is 124 light years away.[34] 1996 [6]
Tartan Utah State Centennial Tartan The Utah State Centennial Tartan represents the tartans worn by the Logan and Skene Scottish clans. Fur traders Ephraim Logan and Peter Skene Ogden explored Utah in the 1820s. The cities of Logan and Ogden as well as the Logan River and the Ogden River are named after them. 1996 [35]
Tree Quaking Aspen
Populus tremuloides
The 80,000 year old Pando aspen grove in central Utah is also considered to be among the Earth's largest and oldest living organisms.[36] 2014 Quaking aspen Populus tremuloides trio.jpg [37]
Vegetable Spanish sweet onion
Allium cepa
The onion is a major crop in Box Elder and Weber counties. 2002 [38]
Vegetable,
Historic
Sugar Beet
Beta vulgaris
Sugar production in Utah was a huge enterprise from 1891 till 1920 and was dominated by the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company. A blight, caused by the beet curly top virus, severely dampened production until 1934. Production continued to drop from pressures of cheaper foreign sugar until there was no sugar factories left in Utah by 1980.[39] 2002 SugarBeet.jpg [38]

Unofficial State symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Description Adopted Image Source
Nickname The Beehive State The Beehive is a common symbol of Utah, with the state motto, seal, flag and emblem related to bees or the beehive. Traditional [40]
Slogan "Utah: Life Elevated" Designed to market Utah for tourism and business, the slogan alludes to Utah's mountains, its snow and skiing. Past slogans have included, "greatest snow on earth" and "Utah: This is Still the Right Place". 2006 [41]
Snack Jell-O Not an official state symbol as Jell-O, as a symbol, does not appear in Utah Law. A simple resolution by the Senate of the state of Utah was passed recognizing Jell-O as the state snack. 2001 Day 18 - Still Eating The Green Jello (gifrancis).jpg [42]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ "State Symbols and Designations". Utah Code. Utah State Legislature. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Utah State Flag and Seal". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "honeybee". Great Plains Nature Center. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rocky Mountain Elk" (PDF). Wildlife Notebook Series No. 12. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Utah State Animal – Rocky Mountain Elk". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Utah State Star and Astronomical Symbol - Dubhe & the Beehive Cluster". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Utah State Bird – California Gull". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ Poll, Richard D. (1994), "Deseret", in Powell, Allan Kent, Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917 
  9. ^ "California's Mormon Pilgrims," accessed July 6, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Utah State Motto and Emblem". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Utah State Cooking Pot - Dutch Oven". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Utah State Fish – Bonneville Cutthroat Trout". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Utah State Flower – Sego Lily". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  14. ^ Neff, Andrew Love; Creer, Leland Hargrave (1940). Utah 1847-1869. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press. 
  15. ^ "Utah State Folk Dance - Square Dance". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Utah designates Browning M1911 official state firearm". BBC News. March 18, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  17. ^ Madsen, James H., Jr. (1993) [1976]. Allosaurus fragilis: A Revised Osteology. Utah Geological Survey Bulletin 109 (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City: Utah Geological Survey. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
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  19. ^ "Utah State Fossil - Allosaurus". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Utah State Fruit – The Cherry". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Utah State Gem - Topaz". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  22. ^ "SPECIES: Achnatherum hymenoides". FEIS Reviews: Plant Species. U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Utah State Grass – Indian Ricegrass". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Utah State Song - "Utah, This is the Place"". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Utah State Insect – Honey Bee". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Official State Language". Utah Code. Utah State Legislature. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Stating the Outcome of Voting on Initiative Petitions on the Ballot for the 2000 General Election". Executive Documents. State of Utah. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Kennecott Copper: Amazing Facts". Kennecott Copper. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Utah State Mineral - Copper". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Old King Coal—A Long, Colorful Story". Utah History to Go. State of Utah. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Utah State Rock - Coal". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Form and contents of great seal". Utah Code. Utah State Legislature. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  33. ^ "Utah State Hymn - "Utah, We Love Thee"". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  34. ^ "Dunhe". STARS. University of Illinois. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  35. ^ "Utah State Centennial Tartan". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Quaking Aspen". Bryce Canyon National Park Service. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Utah state tree changes thanks to elementary students". KSL.com. KSL. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  38. ^ a b "Utah State Tree – Spanish Sweet Onion and Sugar Beet". Pioneer: Utah's Online Library. State of Utah. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
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  41. ^ ""Life Elevated" Is Utah's New Slogan". KSL. March 10, 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  42. ^ "Resolution Urging Jell-O® Recognition". Utah State Legislature. 2001. Retrieved February 3, 2011.