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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives: Symbols & Emblems, <http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/history/symbemb.htm> (Accessed 11 December 2009)
|Great seal||Find out more...||1877|
|Flower||White and lavender columbine (Aquilegia caerulea)||1899|
|Flag||Find out more...||1911|
|Song||"Where the Columbines Grow," by A.J. Flynn||1915|
|Bird||Lark bunting (Calamospiza melancorys Stejneger)||1931|
|Tree||Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)||1939|
|Animal||Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis)||1961|
|Grass||Blue grama grass||1987|
|Folk dance||Square dancing||1992|
|Fish||Greenback cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias)||1994|
|Insect||Colorado hairstreak butterfly (Hypaurotis crysalus)||1996|
|Air and space museum||Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum||1997|
|Tartan||Find out more...||1997|
|Song||"Rocky Mountain High," by John Denver||2007|
|Recreational sports||Skiing and snowboarding||2008|
|Reptile||Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii)||2008|
|Amphibian||Western tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium)||2012|
|Summer heritage sport||Pack burro racing||2012|
|Pets||Adopted shelter dogs and cats||2013|
|Cactus||Claret cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus)||2014|
The Colorado Legislature, called the Colorado General Assembly, offers this chart as well as a more detailed document, The Legislative Process, to help us understand how laws are made in Colorado. This Glossary will probably be useful too.
Colorado State Archives: Symbols & Emblems: from the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration.
Colorado Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Colorado 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, 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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