|Official Symbols of Wyoming
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The Western Meadow Lark (Sturnella
neglecta) was designated as the official Bird
of Wyoming on February 5, 1927.
was designated as official Dinosaur
of Wyoming on March 18, 1994.
The Cutthroat Trout (Salmo
clarki) was designated as the official Fish
of Wyoming on February 18, 1987.
The Wyoming State Flag
was designed by Mrs. A.C. Keyes of Casper. It was
adopted by the 14th Legislature on January 31,
1917. The Great Seal of Wyoming is the heart of
the flag. On the bison, once the monarch of the
plains, is the seal representing the custom of
branding. The colors of the State Flag are the
same as those of the National Flag. The red
border represents the Indian; also the blood of
the pioneers who gave their lives reclaiming the
soil. White is the emblem of purity and
uprightness over Wyoming. Blue, the color of the
sky and mountains, is symbolic of fidelity,
justice and virility.
The Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja
linariaefolia) was designated as the
official Flower of Wyoming on
January 31, 1917.
The Knightia was
designated as the official Fossil
of Wyoming on February 18, 1987.
was designated as the official Gemstone
of Wyoming on January 25, 1967.
Seal of Wyoming was adopted by the 2nd
Legislature in 1893, and revised by the 16th
Legislature in 1921. The two dates -- 1869 and
1890 -- commemorate the organization of the
Territorial government and Wyoming's admission to
the Union. The draped figure in the center holds
a staff from which flows a banner bearing the
words "Equal Rights," symbolizing the
political status women have always enjoyed in
Wyoming. The male figures typify the livestock
and mining industries of the state. The number 44
on the five-pointed star signifies that Wyoming
was the 44th state admitted to the Union. On top
of the pillars rest lamps from which burn the
Light of Knowledge. Scrolls encircling the two
pillars bear the words, Oil, Mines, Livestock,
and Grain, four of Wyoming's major industries.
The American Bison (Bison bison)
was designated as the official Mammal
of Wyoming on February 23, 1895.
(unofficial) Motto of Wyoming is
"Equality State" because of the rights
women have traditionally enjoyed here. In 1869,
Wyoming's territorial legislature became the
first government in the world to grant
"female suffrage" by enacting a bill
granting Wyoming women the right to vote. The act
was signed into law on December 10 of that year
by Governor A.J. Campbell. On February 17, 1870,
the "Mother of Women Suffrage in
Wyoming" -- Ester Hobart Morris of South
Pass City -- became the first woman ever to be
appointed a justice of the peace. Laramie was the
site for the first equal-suffrage vote cast in
the nation by a woman, Mrs. Louisa Swain, on
September 6, 1870. In 1924, Mrs. Nellie
Tayloe Ross was the first elected woman
governor to take office in the United States. She
took office on January 5, 1925, 20 days before
"Ma" Ferguson of Texas (elected on the
same day) took office. Mrs. Ross went on to
become the first woman to be appointed Director
of the United States Mint -- a position she held
for 20 years, from 1933 to 1953.
The Horned Toad (Douglassi
brevirostre) was designated as the official Reptile
of Wyoming on February 18, 1993.
(Lyrics by Charles E. Winter, Music by G.E.
Knapp) was adopted as the official Song
of Wyoming on February 15, 1955.
In the far and mighty West, Where the crimson sun
seeks rest, There's a growing splendid State that
lies above, On the breast of this great land;
Where the massive Rockies stand, There's Wyoming
young and strong, the State I love!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Land of the sunlight clear!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Land that we hold so dear!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Precious art thou and thine!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Beloved State of mine!
In the flowers wild and sweet, Colors rare and
perfumes meet; There's the columbine so pure, the
daisy too, Wild the rose and red it springs,
White the button and its rings, Thou art loyal
for they're red and white and blue,
Where thy peaks with crowned head, Rising till
the sky they wed, Sit like snow queens ruling
wood and stream and plain; 'Neath thy granite
bases deep, 'Neath thy bosom's broadened sweep,
Lie the riches that have gained and brought thee
Other treasures thou dost hold, Men and women
thou dost mould, True and earnest are the lives
that thou dost raise, Strengthen thy children
though dost teach, Nature's truth thou givest to
each, Free and noble are thy workings and thy
In the nation's banner free There's one star that
has for me A radiance pure and splendor like the
sun; Mine it is, Wyoming's star, Home it leads me
near or far; O Wyoming! All my heart and love
was designated as the official Sport
of Wyoming in 2003.
The Plains Cottonwood (Populus
sargentii) was designated as the official Tree
of Wyoming on February 1, 1947.
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