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Oklahoma State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList by year of adoption


Oklahoma. Oklahoma Statutes. Oklahoma City: State of Oklahoma, 2011. Web. 7 Apr 2011. .
"State grass." Message to Cartwright Law Library . 05 Apr. 2011. E-mail.
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.

Floral Emblem Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum) 1893
Great seal Find out more... 1906
Colors Green and white 1915
Flag Find out more... 1925
Tree Redbud (Cercis canadensis) 1937
Bird Scissor-tailed flycatcher (Muscivora forficata) 1951
Song and anthem "Oklahoma!," lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Richard Rogers 1953
Rock Barite rose, commonly known and referred to as the "rose rock" 1968
Reptile Mountain boomer or collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris) 1969
Theatre Lynn Riggs Players of Oklahoma, Inc. 1971
Animal American Buffalo or Bison (Bison bison) 1972
Grass Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) 1972
Poem "Howdy Folks" by David Randolph Milsten 1973
Fish White bass, also called sand bass (Morone chrysops) 1974
Pin "OK" pin 1982
Salute to the Flag Find out more... 1982
Waltz "Oklahoma Wind" by Dr. Dale J. Smith 1982
Musical instrument Fiddle 1984
Beverage Milk >>>>>State "beverage" or state "drink? 1985
Wild flower Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) 1986
Soil Port silt loamadobe document (Cumulic haplustolls) 1987
Country & western song "Faded Love," by John Willis and Bob Wills. 1988
Folk dance Square dance 1988
Meal Fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas. 1988
Furbearer animal Raccoon (Procyon lotor) 1989
Game animal White-tail deer (Odocoileus virginians) 1990
Game bird Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1990
Insect Honeybee (Apis millifera) 1992
Percussive musical instrument Drum 1993
Poet Laureate Appointed by the Governor for a period of two years, appointment made by January 1 of every odd year. 1994
Butterfly Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) 1996
Children's song "Oklahoma, My Native Land" composed and written by Martha Kemm Barrett 1996
Amphibian Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) 1997
Western swing band The Sounds of the Southwest 1997
Tartan Oklahoma Tartan adopted with House Concurrent Resolution No. 1025 1999
Fossil Saurophaganax maximus 2000
Folk song "Oklahoma Hills," composed and written by Woody Guthrie and Jack Guthrie 2001
Drink Milk >>>>>State "beverage" or state "drink? 2002
Flower Oklahoma rose 2004
Cartoon Character GUSTY® 2005
Crystal Hourglass selenite crystal 2005
Fruit Strawberry (Fragaria spp.) 2005
Okie caricature artist Teresa Farrington 2005
Dinosaur Acrocanthosaurus atokensis 2006
Flying mammal Mexican free-tailed bat 2006
Vegetable Watermelon 2007
Land run song "The Oklahoma Run," composed by Harold Fletcher 2009
Rock song "Do You Realize??" by the Flaming Lips (By proclamation of Goveronor Brad Henry) 2009
Wood Capital of Oklahoma Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center Museum, located in Beavers Bend State Park 2010
Gospel song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," composed and written by Wallis Willis 2011
Vietnam war memorial Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, Enid 2013

Making laws in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma House of Representatives offers The Legislative Process Pages to help us understand how laws are made in Oklahoma. These pages include The Course of Bills Becoming Law, Flow Charts, a Glossary of Legislative Terms, Versions and Amendments of a Bill, and information on Researching Legislation.

Additional Information

Oklahoma State Symbols: Oklahoma state Historical Society.

Oklahoma State Icons: The State of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Facts and Emblems: Oklahoma! Guide to Oklahoma's state emblems, including the state bird, flower, song, flag, seal, and more.

Oklahoma Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Karen Bush Gibson

Oklahoma Facts and Symbols, by Karen Bush Gibson. 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 Oklahoma 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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