Colorado State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Colorado Symbols, Colorado Emblems, and Colorado Mascots
Browse the state's symbols; state animal, state bird, state flower, state flag, state fossil, state insect, state motto, state seal, state tree, color, dance, fish, mammal, music, nut, reptile seal, and miscellaneous designations, emblems, and mascot of each state with pictures. Find origin of the state name. View the state almanacs, state timelines and peruse state facts and stats such as the capitol, location, and date admitted to the union.
Colorado Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
|Animal||Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) 1961|
|Bird||Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melancorys stejneger) 1931|
|Dance - Folk||Square Dance, 1992
Square dancing is the American folk dance which traces its ancestry to the English country dance and the French ballroom dance, and which is called, cued, or prompted to the dancers and includes squares, rounds, clogging, contra, line, the Virginia Reel, and heritage dances.
Citation: House Bill 1058, 1992; Colorado Revised Statute 24-80-909.5.
|Fish||Greenback Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias) 1994
The Rainbow Trout was considered the state fish from 1954 until 1994, however it was never officially adopted. The Greenback Cutthroat Trout was at one time indiginous to many small creeks, streams and rivers throughout most of Colorado. As mining and human occupation expanded across the state, the greenback easily succumbed to pollution from mine tailings in the state's streams and to competition from other species of trout introduced to Colorado waters. The demise was so complete that up until the late 1980's biologists feared the extinction of this native fish. However, researchers in the early 1990's discovered several small populations of the greenback in a few remote streams in Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado Division of Wildlife and National Park personnel took immediate steps to protect and propogate the greenback. Plans have been made to reintroduce this colorful fish to other waters within the state which are suitable for its repopulation.
Citation: House Bill 1164, 1994; Colorado Revised Statute 24-80-911.5.
|Flag||State Flag, 1911|
|Flower||White and Lavender Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea) 1925|
The Stegosaurus lived in the area we now know as Colorado one hundred and fifty million years ago during the Mesozoic era in the Jurassic period. It is believed that a typical Stegosaurus weighed ten tons though its brain weighed only two and one-half ounces. There are only 6 skeletons of the Stegosaurus on public display in the United States, one of which may be viewed at the Museum of Natural History in Denver. This skeleton was discovered by a teacher and students from Canon City High School
|Gemstone||Aquamarine, April 30, 1971|
|Grass||Blue Grama Grass, 1987
Blue Grama is a grass native to the state of Colorado, growing throughout many of the state's life zones on both sides of the Continental Divide. Grasslands are an important resource to the State of Colorado with considerable economic and conservation significance. A state grass was designated to help inform and educate citizens and tourists about this resource.
Citation: Senate Joint Resolution 13, 1987.
|Insect||Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly (Hypaurotis crysalus) 1996
he butterfly is two inches in width and has purple wings with black borders, orange accents in the corners and blue on the underside. It may be found on both sides of the Continental Divide at elevations of 6,500 to 7,500 feet, in its usual habitat of scrub oak ecosystems.
Citation: Senate Bill 122, 1996; Colorado Revised Statute 24-80-913.
|Mineral||Rhodochrosite, April 17, 2002|
|Motto||"Nil Sine Numine" (Nothing Without the Deity) 1877|
Air and Space
|Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum|
|Seal||Great Seal, 1877|
|Song||"Where the Columbines Grow" May 8, 1915
Written by A.J. Fynn
Music by A.J. Fynn
|Tree||Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) 1939|
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