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Ohio State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList in order by year adopted


State of Ohio Ohio Revised Code <http://codes.ohio.gov/orc> Accessed February 10, 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.

Flag Find our more... 1902
Flower Scarlet Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) 1904
Bird Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1933
Tree Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) 1953
Carnation city Alliance 1959
Beverage Tomato Juice (Lycopersicon esculentum) 1965
Gemstone Ohio Flint 1965
Great Seal Find our more... 1967
Song "Beautiful Ohio" 1969
Herb capital of Ohio Gahanna 1972
Insect Ladybug 1975
Invertebrate Fossil Isotelus (Trilobite) 1985
Rock song "Hang on Sloopy" 1985
Wildflower Large White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) 1987
Animal White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1988
Reptile Black Racer Snake (Coluber constrictor constrictor) 1995
Bicentennial bridge The Blaine Hill bridge in Belmont county, constructed in 1828 as part of the national road. 2002
Prehistoric monument Newark earthworks, Licking county 2006
Fruit Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentus) 2009
Native fruit Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) 2009
Amphibian Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) 2010
Frog Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) 2010
Artifact Adena pipe 2013

Making laws in Ohio

The Ohio General Assembly offers The Legislative Process to help us understand how laws are made in the state. For a more detailed rundown, the Ohio Legislative Service Commisssion publishes A Guidebook for Ohio Legislatorsadobe document.

Additional Information

State Symbols: The Ohio Historical Society's Ohio History Central.

Ohio's State Symbols: Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden.

Ohio Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Ohio 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 Ohio 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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