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Official Symbols of Wyoming

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Wyoming State Bird

The Western Meadow Lark (Sturnella neglecta) was designated as the official Bird of Wyoming on February 5, 1927.

Wyoming State Dinosaur

The Triceratops was designated as official Dinosaur of Wyoming on March 18, 1994.

Wyoming State Fish

The Cutthroat Trout (Salmo clarki) was designated as the official Fish of Wyoming on February 18, 1987.

Wyoming State Flag

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.

Wyoming State Flower

The Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariaefolia) was designated as the official Flower of Wyoming on January 31, 1917.

Wyoming State Fossil

The Knightia was designated as the official Fossil of Wyoming on February 18, 1987.

Wyoming State Gemstone

Jade (Nephrite) was designated as the official Gemstone of Wyoming on January 25, 1967.

Great Seal of the State of Wyoming

The Great 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.

Wyoming State Mammal

The American Bison (Bison bison) was designated as the official Mammal of Wyoming on February 23, 1895.

The (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.
Wyoming State Reptile

The Horned Toad (Douglassi brevirostre) was designated as the official Reptile of Wyoming on February 18, 1993.

Wyoming (Lyrics by Charles E. Winter, Music by G.E. Knapp) was adopted as the official Song of Wyoming on February 15, 1955.

I
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!

Chorus
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!

II
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,

III
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 fame.

IV
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 ways.

V
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 you've won!

Rodeo was designated as the official Sport of Wyoming in 2003. Wyoming State Tree

The Plains Cottonwood (Populus sargentii) was designated as the official Tree of Wyoming on February 1, 1947.

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This page was last updated on December 21, 2018.