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Idaho State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList a-z


Idaho Governor, Idaho State Symbols, <http://gov.idaho.gov/fyi/symbols/symbols_index.html> (Accessed January 26, 2010)
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... 1891
Flag Find out more... 1907
Bird Mountain bluebird (Sialia arctcia) 1931
Flower Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii) 1931
Song "Here We Have Idaho," sometimes referred to as "Our Idaho," music by Sallie Hume Douglas, verses by Albert J.Tompkins, and chorus by McKinley Helm. 1931
Tree White pine (Pinus monticola) 1935
Stone or gem Star garnet 1967
Horse Appaloosa 1975
Fossil Hagerman horse fossil (Species Equus simplicidens, originally described as Plesippus shoshonensis) 1988
American folk dance Square dance 1989
Fish Cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii) 1990
Insect Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) 1992
Fruit Huckleberry (Vaccinium sp.) 2000
Vegetable Potato 2002
Raptor Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) 2004
Language English 2007
Amphibian Idaho giant salamander (Dicamptodon aterrimus) 2015

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Additional Information

State Symbolsadobe document: from the Idaho State Historical Society.

Idaho Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Elaine A. Kule

Idaho Facts and Symbols, by Elaine A. Kule. 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 Idaho 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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