Utah State Motto
State mottoes may be said to reflect the character and beliefs of the citizens of the state, or more accurately, the citizens of the state when they were adopted. State mottoes can help us gain insight into the history of a state. [What is a motto? ]
Adoption of the Utah State Motto
"Industry" officially became the State Motto on March 4, l959.
About the Utah State Motto
"Industry is associated with the symbol of the beehive. The early pioneers had few material resources at their disposal and therefore had to rely on their own "industry" to survive. The word "industry" appears on both the State Seal and the State Flag.
The Utah Code
The following information is excerpted from the Utah Code, Title 63, Chapter 13, Section 63-13-5.5.
Title 63 -- State Affairs in General.
Amended by Chapter 152, 2003 General Session
The motto, Industry, is found on the Great Seal of the State of Utah and the Utah State Flag. A description of the Utah State Flag is found in the Utah Code, Title 63, Chapter 13, Section 63-13-5. A description of the Great Seal of the State of Utah is found in the Utah Code, Title 67, Chapter 01a, Section 67-1a-8.
Title 63 -- State Affairs in General.
The state flag of Utah shall be a flag of blue field, fringed, with gold borders, with the following device worked in natural colors on the center of the blue field:
The center a shield; above the shield and thereon an American eagle with outstretched wings; the top of the shield pierced with six arrows arranged crosswise; upon the shield under the arrows the word "Industry," and below the word "Industry" on the center of the shield, a beehive; on each side of the beehive, growing sego lilies; below the beehive and near the bottom of the shield, the word "Utah," and below the word "Utah" and on the bottom of the shield, the figures "1847"; with the appearance of being back of the shield there shall be two American flags on flagstaffs placed crosswise with the flag so draped that they will project beyond each side of the shield, the heads of the flagstaffs appearing in front of the eagle's wings and the bottom of each staff appearing over the face of the draped flag below the shield; below the shield and flags and upon the blue field, the figures "1896"; around the entire design, a narrow circle in gold.
No Change Since 1953
Title 67 -- State Officers and Employees.
The Great Seal of the State of Utah shall be 2-1/2 inches in diameter, and of the following device: the center a shield and perched thereon an American eagle with outstretching wings; the top of the shield pierced by six arrows crosswise; under the arrows the motto "Industry"; beneath the motto a beehive, on either side growing sego lilies; below the beehive the figures "1847"; and on each side of the shield an American flag; encircling all, near the outer edge of the seal, beginning at the lower left-hand portion, the words "The Great Seal of the State of Utah," with the figures "1896" at the base.
Enacted by Chapter 68, 1984 General Session
State Motto List: List of all of the state mottoes.
State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: A Study based on historical documents giving the origin and significance of the state names, nicknames, mottoes, seals, flowers, birds, songs, and descriptive comments on the capitol buildings and on some of the leading state histories, Revised Edition - George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938 (Reprint Services Corp. 1971)
Source: Utah State Web Site, (http://pioneer.utah.gov/motto.html), March 24, 2005
|| ECONOMY|| GEOGRAPHY
|| STATE MAPS
Site designed exclusively for NETSTATE.COM by NSTATE