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Arizona State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Arizona Secretary of State, SOS for Kids, <http://www.azsos.gov/public_services/kids/kids_state_symbols.htm>, (Accessed 9 December 2009)
Arizona State Legislature, Arizona Revised Statutes, <http://www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp>, (Accessed 9 December 2009)
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... 1911
Colors Blue and Gold 1915
Flag Find out more... 1917
Anthem "Arizona," words by Margaret Rowe Clifford, music by Maurice Blumenthal 1919
Bird Coues' Cactus Wren (Heleodytes brunneicapillus couesi) 1931
Flower Saguaro Cactus Blossom (Cereus giganteus) 1931
Tree Palo Verde (Genus Cercidium) 1954
Neckware Bola Tie 1971
Gemstone Turquoise 1974
Alternate Anthem "Arizona," words and music by Rex Allen, Jr. 1982
Amphibian Arizona Tree Frog (Hyla eximia) 1986
Fish Apache Trout (Salmo apache) 1986
Mammal Ringtailadobe document (Bassariscus astutus) 1986
Reptile Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi) 1986
Fossil Petrified wood (Araucarioxylon arizonicum) 1988
Folk dance Square dance 1990
Tartan "Arizona," designed by Dr. Philip D. Smith Jr., by proclamation of Governor John Fife Symington III. 1995
Butterfly Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata) 2001
Firearm Colt single-action Army revolver 2011
Metal Copper 2015

Making laws in Arizona

The Arizona Legislature offers How Bill Becomes Lawadobe document, featuring "Arizona Bill," and From Idea... To Bill... To Law: The Legislative Process in Arizonaadobe document, an 82-page document, to help us understand how laws are made in Arizona.

Additional Information

Arizona's State Symbols: from the Arizona Capitol Museum, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

Arizona Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Arizona 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 Arizona 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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