||The Square Dance
was designated the official AMERICAN FOLK
DANCE of Arkansas by the General
Assembly in 1991.
||The offical ANTHEM
of Arkansas is Arkansas.
||Dairy farming being an
important part of Arkansas agriculture, Milk
was adopted as the official state BEVERAGE
by the General Assembly in 1985.
was adopted as the official state BIRD
by the General Assembly in 1929.
||COOKING VESSEL Dutch
||The official Arkansas CREED
was adopted by the General Assembly in 1972. It
reads as follows
I believe in Arkansas as a
land of opportunity and promise.
I believe in the rich heritage of Arkansas and I
honor the men and women who created this
I believe in the youth of Arkansas who will build
I am proud of my state.I will uphold its
constitution, obey its laws, and work for the
good of all its citizens.
||The Arkansas State FLAG
was designed by Miss Willie K.Hocker of
Wabbaseka, and was adopted in 1913. The 25 stars
around the outside of the diamond indicate that
Arkansas was the 25th state to be admitted to the
United States. The 3 large stars in the center
stand for the three nations that have ruled
Arkansas -- Spain, France, and the United States.
Also, Arkansas was the third state formed from
the Louisiana Purchase. The large star above
ARKANSAS symbolizes the Confederacy which Arkansas was a
part of from 1861 to 1865. The diamond formed by
the 25 stars represent Arkansas as the only
diamond-producing state in the Union.
||The Apple Blossom
was designated the official FLOWER
of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1901. At
one time Arkansas was a major apple producing
state. The town of Lincoln in Washington County
hosts the annual Arkansas Apple Festival.
||The South Arkansas
Vine Ripe Pink Tomato was adopted as the
official FRUIT AND VEGETABLE of
Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1987.
Although botanically defined as a fruit, the tomato is commonly used as a
vegetable. The Pink Tomato Festival is held each
year in Bradley County.
was designated the official state GEM
by the General Assembly in 1967. Arkansas is the
only diamond-producing state in the United
States, and in fact has the only active diamond
field in all of North America, at the Crater of
Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro.
||HISTORICAL SONG The
was named the official state INSECT
by the General Assembly in 1973. An old-fashioned
dome beehive is one of the symbols on the Great
Seal of Arkansas.
||The White-Tail Deer
was designated the official MAMMAL
of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1993.
||The Quartz Crystal
was designated the official state MINERAL
by the General Assembly in 1967. Mined in the
Ouachita Mountains, quartz crystals are used in
||MOTTO Regnat Populus
(The People Rule)
which has long been commonly associated with
Arkansas folk music and culture, was adopted as
the official MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1985.
which is an important aluminum-bearing mineral,
was designated as the official ROCK
of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1967. The
largest bauxite deposits in the United States are
located in Saline County.
||The Great SEAL
of the State of Arkansas was adopted in its basic
form in 1864, and in its present form in 1907.
The steamboat, plow, beehive and sheaf of wheat
are symbols of Arkansas' industrial and
agricultural wealth. The Angel of Mercy, the
Sword of Justice and the Goddess of Liberty
surround a bald eagle, which holds in its beak a
scroll inscribed with the Latin phrase
"Regnat Populus," the state motto.
||SOIL Stuttgart Soil
||The Pine was
adopted as the official TREE of
Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1939. The
loblolly and shortleaf varieties of the southern
yellow pine are both found in Arkansas. Both
varieties may grow to be 100 feet tall and can be
found in the Ouachita and Ozark St. Francis