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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
The State of Washington. Washington State Legislature. Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Olympia: The State of Washington, 2007. Web.
|Great seal||Find out more...||1889|
|Flower||Coast rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum)||1892|
|Flag||Find out more...||1923|
|Tree||Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)||1947|
|Bird||Willow goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)||1951|
|Song||"Washington, My Home," written by Helen Davis, arranged by Stuart Churchill||1959|
|Fish||Steelhead trout (Salmo gairdneri)||1969|
|Folk song||"Roll On Columbia, Roll On," by Woody Guthrie||1987|
|Grass||Bluebunch wheatgrass (Agropyron spicatum)||1989|
|Tartan||Asett w/green background and blue, white, yellow, red and black stripes.||1991|
|Arboretum||Washington Park Arboretum - University of Washington, Seattle||1995|
|Insect||Green darner dragonfly (Anax junius Drury)||1997|
|Fossil||Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi)||1998|
|Endemic mammal||Olympic marmot (Marmota olympus)||2005|
|Marine mammal||Orca (Orcinus orca)||2005|
|Amphibian||Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla)||2007|
|Vegetable||Walla Walla sweet onion||2007|
The Washington legislature, called the Washington General Court, offers A Primer On Legislative Process to help us understand how laws are made in Washington.
The Symbols of Washington State: Washington State Legislature.
Washington Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Bridgestone Books; Rev Upd edition (June 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Washington 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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