State SymbolsThe symbolism of the United States is well-known. Stars and stripes and the bald eagle are a large part of American symbolism. Symbolism on a state level is sometimes less well-known. Each state has unique symbols that represent a special part of the state's history, struggle or achievement. Below are a list of state symbols and a brief look into their meaning.
* Crimson Cross - represents Alabama's connection with the confederate flag in the Civil War
* The Color Blue - symbolizes Alaska's sky, sea, mountain lakes and wildflowers.
* Ursa Minor (constellation) - signifies Alaska's strength
* Copper Star - symbolizes Arizona's status as the largest producer of copper in the United States
* Red and Yellow - color of Spanish conquistadors that explored Arizona
* Diamond - represents that Arkansas was the first diamond producing state in the United States
* Grizzly Bear - symbolizes strength
* Blue and white in flag - signifies the sky and snow of Colorado
* Yellow and red - represents the gold and soil
* Three grapevines - the original three settlements of the state
* Citizen soldier - symbolizes the maintaining of the country's liberties
* Coat of arms - symbolizes agricultural industry and commerce
* Sunshine - represents Florida's mild weather and their nickname as the Sunshine state
* 13 stars - represents Georgia's status as one of the 13 original colonies
* Union Jack - represents Hawaii's historical connection with Britain
* 8 stripes of flag - represents the 8 islands of Hawaii
* Miner - represents the state's mining and mineral wealth
* An elk - symbolizes Idaho's wildlife
* Eagle and Shield - represents Illinois's connection to the history of the United States
* Torch and Flames - symbolizes liberty and enlightenment and the flames represent far-reaching influence
* Blue, White and Red flag - represents Iowa's French ties.
* steamship - represents Kansas's history of commerce
* 34 stars - represents Kansas being the 34th state in the union
* Pioneer and statesmen shaking hands - Represents the unity of all the different kinds of people in the state.
* A mother brown pelican - represents self-sacrifice
* White Pine tree - represents the states timber industry and state tree
* A sailor - represents connection with the sea and commerce
* Farmer - represents Maine's agriculture
* George Calvert's Coat of Arms - represents the first Lord of Baltimore
* Native Algonquin American - represents the state's history and peaceful intent
* Coat of Arms - represents the states readiness to defend the nation
* Eagle holding olive branch - signifies Michigan's loyalty to the Union and its desire for peace
* Plough - symbolizes the agricultural history of the state
* Mississippi River - signifies water transportation and commerce
* Rree stump - represents Minnesota's timber industry
* Confederate battle flag - represents the history as a state that seceded prior to the civil war.
* White tailed deer - one of the most common animals present in the forests and nature of Mississippi
* Grizzly Bears - represents the state's strength
* Crescent moon - symbolizes Missouri's journey to becoming a new state
* Shovel, pick and plough - represents the state's agricultural and mineral wealth (gold and silver)
* A Settler's cabin and wheat - represents agriculture
* Blacksmith - symbolize industry
* Steamboat and train - symbolizes the transportation industry
* Sagebrush - national state flower
* Five pointed silver star - came to represent the mineral wealth of the state
29. New Hampshire
* Raleigh (name of warship) - represents the states shipbuilding in early America
* Granite rocks - symbolic of the state's nickname and more importantly the character of the people of New Hampshire.
30. New Jersey
* Three ploughs - symbolize New Jersey as the third state in the union and the agricultural history of the state
* Liberty and Ceres (goddesses) - symbolize freedom and agricultural abundance.
31. New Mexico
* Red and Yellow - colors of the Spanish conquistadors who first explored New Mexico
* Zia - an ancient sun symbol of native populations. This symbol, with four appendages represents the seasons, the cycle of the day, and the cycle of life.
32. New York
* Sailing ships - represent commerce along the Hudson river
* Liberty and Justice (goddess) - Represent the rise of America and detachment from British rule.
33. North Carolina
* White star - represents their status as one of the 13 original colonies
34. North Dakota
* Eagle with olive branches and arrows - symbolize the power of peace at war.
* Blue Triangle - symbolizes the states hills and valleys
* Red stripes - represent the states waterway.
* Feathers and crosses - symbolize the high ideals of the state
* Native American peace pipe - symbolize the state's nature to strive for peace.
* Wheat and a Pickaxe - represents the state's resources of agriculture and minerals.
* Beavers - represents the vast amount of nature in the state of Oregon.
* Olive Branch and cornstalk - symbolize a desire for both peace and prosperity
* A ship and plough - represent commerce and agriculture; two prominent industries key to Pennsylvania's early success.
39. Rhode Island
* White and Blue Anchor - traced back to the states colors in the American Revolution and the state's connection with the ocean and maritime industries.
40. South Carolina
* Palmetto tree - symbol of victory and use of these trees to build protective forts in early American history.
41. South Dakota
* Farmer, smelter, trees and steamship - symbolize South Dakota's various industries; agriculture, manufacturing, mining, timber and commerce.
* Three stars - symbolize three different geographical areas of Tennessee: the lowlands; the highlands and the mountain region.
* Stars inside of a circle - represent indivisible unit.
* A single star - symbolizes Texas's stance as the "lone star state," which is both the state's nickname and a key part of its history.
* Beehive - connection to the state's nickname and a symbol of hard work and industry.
* Sego lily - a symbol of peace and the state's flower
* Cow and wheat - symbolize agriculture
* Pine tree - represents a common tree of New England, but also connects to the Batter of Plattsburg in 1814, where Vermont soldiers fought valiantly.
* Virtus (goddess) - symbolizes the fighting nature of Virginia
* George Washington - Nation's first president and the historical figure that the state was named after.
* Green - color of the state flag and representation of the state's nature.
48. West Virginia
* Miner and farmer - symbolizes the agriculture and industry of the state.
* A rock - represents strength and stability.
* Two rifles - represents West Virginia's effort in fighting for the freedom of the United States.
* Plough, pick, shovel, hammer and anchor- represents agriculture, mining, manufacturing and navigation.
* Bison - represents the state's animal and the tradition of livestock and branding
* Women holding an equal rights banner - symbolizes Wyoming's status as the first state to give women the right to vote.