List of Colorado state symbols

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

The following is a list of symbols of the U.S. state of Colorado.

State insignia[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Flag Flag of the State of Colorado[1] Flag of Colorado designed by Andrew Carlisle Carson.svg 1911-06-05
SB 118-1911
1929-02-28
SB 152-1929
1964-03-31
Motto Nil sine numine[2]
(Latin: Nothing without providence)
 
NIL SINE NVMINE
 
1861-11-06
1876-11-06
CRS 24-80-901[3]
Nickname Centennial State[4]  
The Centennial State
 
Statehood[5]
1876-08-01
Seal Seal of the State of Colorado[6] Seal of Colorado.svg 1861-11-06
1877-03-15
CRS 24-80-901[3]
Slogan Colorful Colorado[4] Colorado.JPG 1950
unofficial

Living symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Amphibian Western tiger salamander[7]
Ambystoma mavortium
Ambystoma mavortium 2006.jpg 2012-03-16
HB12-1147
Bird Lark bunting[8]
Calamospiza melanocorys
IMG 7043 lark bunting.jpg 1931-04-29
HB 222-1931
CRS 24-80-910[3]
Cactus Claret cup cactus[9]
Echinocereus triglochidiatus
Echinocereus triglochidiatusUGA0807034.jpg 2014-03-07
HB14-1024
Fish Greenback cutthroat trout[10]
Oncorhynchus clarki stomias
Greenbackcutthroat.jpg 1994-03-15
HB 1164-1994
CRS 24-80-911.5[3]
Flower Rocky Mountain columbine[11]
Aquilegia coerulea
Columbine Arapahoe Pass Trail Boulder County Colorado.jpg 1899-04-04
SB 261-1899
CRS 24-80-905[3]
Grass Blue grama grass[12]
Bouteloua gracilis
Blue grama Bouteloua gracilis MN 2007.JPG 1987-05-20
SJR13-1987
Insect Colorado hairstreak butterfly[13]
Hypaurotis crysalus
Colorado Hairstreak, MM.JPG 1996-04-17
SB 122-1996
CRS 24-80-913[3]
Mammal Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep[14]
Ovis canadensis canadensis
Bighorn ram full curl.jpg 1961-05-01
SB 294-1961
CRS 24-80-911[3]
Pets Colorado shelter pets[15]
Canis lupus familiaris & Felis catus
Black cat Animal Rescue GalawebDesign.jpg 2013-05-13
SB13-201
Reptile Western painted turtle[16]
Chrysemys picta bellii
Painted turtle.jpg 2008-03-18
HB08-1017
Tree Colorado blue spruce[17]
Picea pungens
Picea pungens USDA1.jpg 1939-03-07
HJR 7-1939

Earth symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Fossil Stegosaurus[18]
Stegosaurus armatus
Stegosaurus BW.jpg 1982-04-28
Executive Order
Gemstone Aquamarine[19] Aquamarin cut.jpg 1971-04-30
HB 1104-1971
CRS 24-80-912[3]
Mineral Rhodochrosite[20] The Searchlight Rhodochrosite Crystal.jpg 2002-04-17
CRS 24-80-912.5[3]
Rock Yule Marble[21] Lincoln-Memorial WashingtonDC Crop.jpg 2004-03-09
HB04-1023
CRS 24-80-912.7[3]
Soil Seitz soil[22] Sloan Lake View from American Basin Trail.jpg USDA

Cultural symbols[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Folk dance Square dance[23] Square Dance Group.jpg 1992-03-16
HB 1058-1992
CRS 24-80-909.5[3]
Songs "Where the Columbines Grow"[24] Heavycolumbinebloom.jpg 1915-05-08
SB 308-1915
CRS 24-80-909[3]
"Rocky Mountain High"[24] Sonnenaufgang an den Maroon Bells.jpg 2007-03-12
SJR07-023
CRS 24-80-909[3]
Sport Pack Burro Racing[25] FairplayBurroRacer.JPG 2012-05-08
HJR12-1021
Tartan Colorado State Tartan[26] Colorado-tartan.png 1997-03-03
HJR97-1016

Highway route markers[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Interstate highways Colorado Interstate highway route marker[27] I-70 (CO).svg 1958
AASHO
U.S. highways Colorado U.S. highway route marker[27] US 160.svg 1970
AASHO
State highways Colorado state highway route marker[27] Colorado 14.svg 1967
Colorado Highway Commission

Motor vehicle license plates[edit]

Type Symbol Image Adopted
License plate Colorado passenger automobile registration plate[28] 2003 Colorado License Plate.jpg 1913
1999
Colorado Department of Revenue

Naval vessel[edit]

Type Symbol Image Commissioned
Submarine USS Colorado (SSN-788)[29] Virginia class submarine.jpg To be commissioned
2017
United States Navy

United States coin[edit]

Type Symbol Image Coined
Quarter dollar Colorado quarter dollar coin 2006[30] Colorado quarter, reverse side, 2006.jpg 2006
United States Mint

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Flag". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "State Motto". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Colorado Revised Statutes". Colorado Office of Legislative Legal Services. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "State Name and Nicknames". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ President of the United States of America (1876-08-01). "Proclamation of the Admission of Colorado to the Union" (php). The American Presidency Project. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ "State Seal". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "State Amphibian". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "State Bird". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "State Cactus". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "State Fish". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ "State Flower". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ "State Grass". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ "State Insect". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  14. ^ "State Animal". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  15. ^ "State Pet". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  16. ^ "State Reptile". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ "State Tree". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  18. ^ "State Fossil". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  19. ^ "State Gemstone". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  20. ^ "State Mineral". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  21. ^ "State Rock". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Seitz -- Colorado State Soil". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  23. ^ "State Folk Dance". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "State Songs". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  25. ^ "State Sport". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  26. ^ "State Tartan". Colorado State Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  27. ^ a b c Malek, Matthew E. (November 30, 2014). "Colorado Highways: Route Markers Through the Years". Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Regular License Plates". Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  29. ^ "USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee". USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  30. ^ "The 50 State Quarters Program" (PDF). United States Mint. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 

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