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OFFICIAL STATE OF WASHINGTON SYMBOLS

State Seal
In 1889, jeweler Charles Talcott designed our first state seal
using an ink bottle, silver dollar and a postage stamp. Talcott's
brother, L. Grant Talcott, lettered the words, "The Seal of the
State of Washington, 1889," and another brother, G.N. Talcott,
cut the printing die.

State Flower
Coast Rhododendron
In 1892, before they had the right to vote, Washington
women selected the coast rhododendron as the state
flower. They wanted an official flower to enter in a floral
exhibit at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Six flowers
were considered, but the final decision was narrowed to clover
and the "rhodie," and voting booths were set up for ladies
throughout the state. When the ballots were counted, the
rhododendron had been chosen as the Washington state flower.
In 1959, the Legislature designated the native species,
Rhododendron macrophyllum, as the official flower of the state of
Washington.

The State Flag
The state flag and the state seal are similar.
Passed in 1923, Washington law describes
the flag as having dark green bunting with a
state seal in the center. In the late 1890s, a
blue and gold military state flag with
George Washington's profile on it flew over many
cities and towns throughout the state. But when it came to a final
decision, the current flag was adopted by the Legislature.
According to law, the flag of the United States and the flag of the
state shall be prominently installed, displayed and maintained in
schools, court rooms and state buildings.

State Tree
Western Hemlock
In 1946, an Oregon newspaper teased Washington for not
having a state tree. The Portland Oregonian picked out the
western hemlock, Tsuga heterophylla for us, but Washington
newspapers decided to choose their own and selected the
popular western red cedar. State Representative George Adams
of Mason County pleaded with the Legislature to adopt the
western hemlock. The hemlock, he said, would become "the
backbone of this state's forest industry." Adams' bill passed the
Legislature and was signed into law in 1947.  

State Bird
Willow Goldfinch
The goldfinch is a delicate little bird with a yellow body and black
wings, and although it eventually became the official state bird,
many other birds were considered for the title. In 1928,
legislators let school children select the state bird and the
meadowlark won hands-down. It was a nice choice but seven
other states already had chosen the same bird. Another vote was
taken in 1931 by the Washington Federation of Women's Clubs.
Many birds were nominated, but the goldfinch won handily over
the tanager, song sparrow, junco and pileated woodpecker. Now
there were two state birds and the Legislature decided to leave
the final choice to school children. In 1951, children voted for the
goldfinch and the Legislature made it unanimous.

State Song
"Washington, My Home"
The state song, "Washington, My Home," was written by Helen
Davis, arranged by Stuart Churchill, and became the official state
song in 1959. But, like the goldfinch, it had some stiff competition
from another popular song. Back in 1909, "Washington Beloved"
was adopted, sort of, by the Legislature. Professor Edmond
Meany, the historian, wrote the words and Reginald de Koven,
who also wrote "O Promise Me" and other operettas, wrote the
music. But the official designation for the song was never formally
introduced as a bill and so was not part of the state's code of law.
When a state senator from South Bend introduced a bill in 1959
to make "Washington, My Home" our state song, it was approved
unanimously.

State Fish
Steelhead Trout

The steelhead trout is an anadromous fish, meaning
it returns to fresh water rivers to spawn. The scales of the
steelhead shine flecks of silver with a gray spotted back from
head to tail and an intensely white belly; the two colors separated
by a hint of opalescent pink. Steelhead trout is one of the most
popular fish for recreational fishing, a major industry in
Washington State. The steelhead trout (Salmo gairdnerii) was
adopted by the Legislature as a state symbol in 1969.

State Folk Song
"Roll On, Columbia, Roll On"

In the early 1940s, the federal Bonneville Power Administration
produced a movie encouraging rural residents in the Pacific
Northwest to electrify their homes and farms with the power being
generated by the newly-built Bonneville and Grand Coulee Dams
on the Columbia River. As part of the project, BPA hired
folksinger Woody Guthrie at $270 for 30 days to write songs for
the movie. Guthrie wrote 26 songs, the most popular of which
was "Roll On, Columbia, Roll On," an ode to the harnessing of
Washington's mightiest river. It was approved as the official
Washington state folk song by the Legislature in 1987.

State Grass        
Bluebunch Wheatgrass

Although many state symbols are readily identifiable with the
western part of the state, bluebunch wheatgrass is a state

symbol that is unique to eastern  Washington. Bluebunch
wheatgrass was a blessing to Washington's pioneer farmers and
continues to play a major role in our agriculture industry today. It
was adopted by the 1989 Legislature as the official state grass.
Its botanical name is Agropyron spicatum.

State Insect
Green Darner Dragonfly

In 1997, the common green darner dragonfly, Anax junius Drury,
became Washington's official state insect after a
group of
students at Crestwood Elementary School in Kent
brought the
idea to the Legislature. Students from over 100 school districts
statewide participated in the selection of the common green
darner dragonfly. Also known as the "mosquito hawk," this insect
can be found throughout Washington and is a beneficial
contributor to the ecosystem because it consumes a large
number of insect pests. It is easily recognizable by its bright
green head and thorax, it has a four to six-inch wingspan and
can fly 25 to 35 miles per hour. There are over 400 different
species of dragonflies. Dragonflies existed prior to the dinosaur
age and some had up to a three-foot wing span. "Darner" is one
family of dragonflies and the common green (Anax junius) was
first sighted and recorded by Drury in 1773.

State Marine Mammal
Orca

As a result of two years of research and persuasion by second
graders from the
Crescent Harbor Elementary School in Oak
Harbor, the Legislature designated the orca, Orcinus orca, as the
official marine mammal of the state of Washington in 2005. Many
people visit Washington state to watch orcas; the orca is a

significant symbol for the Native American culture; there are pods
of orcas that migrate annually through Puget Sound; and the
orca is easily recognizable because of its distinct markings. The
designation is intended to promote orca  awareness and to
encourage protection of the natural marine habitat.
UNOFFICIAL STATE SYMBOLS
Territorial Motto
"Al-ki" or "Alki"
Al-ki or Alki is an Indian word meaning "bye and bye."  This  motto
first appeared on the territorial seal designed by Lt. J.K. Duncan of
Gov. Stevens' surveying expedition. On one side it pictures a log
cabin and an immigrant wagon with a fir forest in the background; on
the other side, a sheet of water being traversed by a steamer and
sailing vessel, a city in perspective; the Goddess of Hope and an
anchor is in the center. The figure points at the significant word
"Alki." Settlers from the schooner Exact named their settlement on
Alki Point, New York. The new settlement was slower to grow than its
East Coast counterpart, however, so the name was changed to New
York-Alki, meaning "into the future" -- the 1850s version of the term
"bye and bye" or, "I will see you, bye and bye."
"The Evergreen State"
On November 11, 1889, Washington became the 42nd state to enter
the Union. It is the only state in the Union that is named for a
president. Washington was nicknamed "The Evergreen State" by
C.T. Conover, pioneer Seattle realtor and historian, for it's abundant
evergreen forests. The nickname has never been officially adopted.
State Capitol Building
The present state capitol building in Olympia, Washington, was first
occupied by the Legislature in March 1927. The design is
reminiscent of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It is also closest in
design to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Although not an
official state symbol, the image of this architectural structure truly
represents our state government and beautiful capitol city.

Ref:  http://access.wa.gov
Continuation --- Official Symbols
State Vegetable
In 2007, the Walla Walla sweet onion was designated as the official
vegetable of the state of Washington. The Walla Walla Sweet is from
Walla Walla and is only  grown properly in the Walla Walla Valley.
The Walla Walla Sweet finds its origins on the island of Corsica.  
Over a century ago, a retired French soldier found a sweet onion
seed there and brought it to the Walla Walla Valley. The sweet  onion
had impressive winter hardiness well-suited for the climate of
southeastern Washington. Soon he and other immigrants in the area
began harvesting the seed. After several generations of careful hand
selection, the sweet onion developed greater sweetness, size, and
shape. Today, there are many growers producing Walla Walla Sweet
onions on farmland in the Walla Walla Valley. Sweet onion season is
mid-June through September.  The measure was a class project for a
seventh-grade honors social-studies class at Eatonville Middle
School. In prior years, the bill had also been a project of a Kirkland
Junior high school.  
State Amphibian
Pseudacris regilla
In 2007, the Pacific chorus frog was designated as the official
amphibian of the State of Washington. BecausePacific chorus frogs
live in every county in the state and on both sides of the Cascades,
they are an  excellent choice as an emblem for the whole state. The
Pacific chorus frog is charming and makes beautiful sounds. Less
than two inches long, they swell their throat sacs to three times the
size of their heads to send their calls into the night. This amphibian is
useful because it eats insects, including mosquitoes. It is
recognizable by the black stripe through the eye to the shoulder, and
can be brown, tan, grey or green. A native amphibian, it is preyed
upon by bullfrogs, snakes, raccoons, shorebirds, hawks and ducks.  
A third grade class at Boston Harbor Grade School in north Olympia,
demonstrated excellent knowledge about the political process in
making this proposal to the Legislature as the project involved
science, research, art, and persuasive writing.
State Ship
Lady Washington
The legislature designated the Lady Washington as the official ship
of the state of Washington in 2007. Built over a two-year period and
launched on March 7,1989, the ship was built in Aberdeen by the
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. Master shipwrights from all
over the Pacific Northwest constructed her near the confluence of the
Wishkah and Chehalis rivers. The Lady Washington is based in
Aberdeen. A reproduction sailing ship of the original
Washington/Lady Washington that sailed during approximately
1750-1798, the vessel type is a "brig," indicating the configuration of
the sails.  The Office of the Secretary of State for the state of
Washington holds a mortgage on the vessel to secure the investment
of the people of Washington.

Ref:  http://access.wa.gov

State Gem
Petrified Wood

The geological history of our state has encompassed many great
changes, one of them being the many lava flows from volcanic
fissures. Centuries ago, the interior of Washington was swampy and
mild with many trees such as cypress, oak, elm and gingko growing in
wet areas. Layers of logs were preserved with each new lava flow,
and as the layers grew deeper, many of the logs became
waterlogged and lay protected in deep water. Over time, water
continued to seep through the lava and permeate the wood with
silica. Eventually, the wood fiber was completely replaced by silica,
thus petrifying many logs. The petrified wood is perfect in form and
detail to the original wood. In 1975, petrified wood was adopted as
the state gem. The best place to see petrified wood is the Gingko
Petrified Forest State Park in Vantage.

State Dance
Square Dance

On April 17, 1979, the square dance became the official Washington
state dance. When the pioneers came west,
they brought with them a
dance called the quadrille, which
means square in French. The
pioneers liked the simpler
term and so the square dance was born.
The dance is known for its series of figures and footwork. Dancers
are directed by a caller. It is easy to learn, a good form of exercise,
and fun.

State Fruit
Apple

Washington is the nation's top apple-producing state, so
it is appropriate that the apple was named a state symbol
in 1989, the centennial year. A favorite fruit around the world,
the apple comes in many different colors, sizes and varities. From the
beautiful blossoms of spring, to the heavily laden branches in
autumn, the apple trees of eastern Washington represent one of the
largest industries in the state. The Washington apple is certainly one
of the most recognized symbols of the state worldwide.

State Tartan
A tartan is a design for the weaving of cloth consisting of
perpendicular bands of contrasting colors on a solid background.
The Washington State tartan was designed in 1988 by Vancouver,
USA Country Dancers  Margaret McLeod van Nus and Frank
Cannonita to commemorate the Washington State Centennial

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elebration. It is identified by the background color green, which
represents the rich forests of Washington, the "Evergreen State."
The perpendicular bands of contrasting colors represent the

following features: blue for the lakes, rivers and ocean; white for the
snow-capped mountains; red for the apple and cherry crops; yellow
for the wheat and grain crops; and black for the eruption of Mount St.
Helens. The bill, designating a state tartan, was signed into law in
1991. The Council of the Scottish Tartans Society also affixed its seal
to the official Certificate of Accreditation in 1991.
State Fossil
Columbian Mammoth

Following a four-year effort by students from Windsor Elementary
school near Cheney to have this behemoth designated as our state
fossil, the Legislature recognized in 1998 that the large, hairy
prehistoric elephants of the extinct genus Mammuthus roamed the
North American continent, including the Pacific Northwest, during the
Pleistocene epoch (ice ages).  Mammoth is the common name given
to any member of an extinct genus Mammuthus of the elephant

family. The first North American mammoths migrated across the
Bering Strait from Asia down through Alaska about two million years
ago. Nearly all mammoths died out about 10,000 years ago. From
studies based on deposits of the Columbian mammoths, M. columbi,
it is clear that grasses featured prominently in their diets. The
maximum life expectancy of the mammoth would have been 60 to 65
years. The males grew to the size of modern adult elephants;
females were about half that size. Several years ago, fossils of the
Columbian mammoth were found on the Olympic Peninsula