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New Mexico State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList by year of adoption

Sources...

New Mexico Legislature. New Mexico Statutes, <http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/statutes.aspx> Accessed January 8, 2011.
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.

Great seal Find out more... 1913
Song "O, Fair New Mexico," by Elizabeth Garrett 1917
Flag Find out more... 1925
Flower Yucca flower (Genus Yucca) 1927
Bird Chaparral Bird or Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) 1949
Tree Nut pine or Pinon tree (Pinus edulis) 1949
Fish Native New Mexico cutthroat trout or Rio Grande cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki virginalis) 1955
Animal Native New Mexico black bear (Ursus americanus) 1963
Vegetables Chileadobe document & Frijol (pinto bean) 1965
Gem Turquoise 1967
Spanish language song "Asi Es Nuevo Mejico," words and music by Amadeo Lucero 1971
Grass Blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracillis) 1973
Slogan, business, commerce and industry "Everybody is somebody in New Mexico" 1975
Fossil Coelophysis 1981
Ballad "Land of Enchantment - New Mexico," words and music by Martin Murphy, Chick Raines and Don Cook 1989
Cookie Bizcochito 1989
Insect Tarantula hawk wasp (Pepsis formosa) 1989
Poem "A Nuevo Mexico," by Luis Tafoya 1991
Bilingual song "New Mexico - Mi Lindo Nuevo Mexico," by Pablo Mares 1995
Balloon museum Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum 1999
Amphibian New Mexico spadefoot toad (Spea multiplicata) 2003
Butterfly Sandia Hairstreak (Callophrys mcfarlandi) 2003
Reptile New Mexico whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus) 2003
Aircraft Hot Air Balloon 2005
Historic railroad Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad 2005
Answer "Red and green" or "Christmas" 2007
Tie Bolo 2007
Cowboy song "Under New Mexico Skies," composed by Syd Masters 2009
Guitar New Mexico sunrise guitar 2009
Necklace Native American squash blossom necklace (Effective June 17, 2011) 2011

Making laws in New Mexico

The New Mexico legislature offers A Legislative Primeradobe document to help us understand the New Mexico Legislature, its history, its operations, and how laws are made. This Glossary of Legislative Terms may prove helpful as well.

Additional Information

State Symbols: Kids' Corner from the New Mexico Secretary of State.

New Mexico Facts and Symbols
New Mexico
Facts and Symbols

Shelley Sateren

New Mexico Facts and Symbols, by Shelley Swanson Sateren. 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 New Mexico 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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