North Dakota State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
North Dakota Symbols, North Dakota Emblems, and North Dakota 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.
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North Dakota Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
|Art Gallery||University of North Dakota Art Galleries, Grand Forks|
|Bird||Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 1947|
|Coat of Arms||Coat of Arms 1957
The Legislative Assembly passed H.B. No. 822 sponsored by Representatives Clifford Lindberg and Gillman Olson to create the North Dakota coat of arms (1957 S.L., ch. 330). When the Governor is using the coat of arms as a flag there must be a white star placed in each of the four corners (North Dakota Century Code Section 54-41-04). The North Dakota coat of arms was displayed for the first time by the National Guard at Camp Grafton on June 16, 1957.
|Dance||Square Dance, 1995|
|Equine||The Nokota Horse, 1993
The Nokota breed may well be those distinct horses descended from Sioux Chief Sitting Bull's war ponies. Some still run wild in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
|Fish||Northern Pike, Esox lucius
North Dakota waters have yielded mammoth size Northern Pike, resulting in a national sports fishing reputation for the state.
|Flag||State Flag, 1911|
|Flower||Wild Prairie Rose, Rosa blanda or Arkansana (Rosa setigera)1907|
|Fossil||Teredo Petrified Wood, 1967
The Teredo was a worm-shaped mollusk related to clams, mussels, and oysters. It burrowed its way through sequoias and other trees growing near warm-water swamps in North Dakota 60 to 80 million years ago. As the trees in the mineral rich water petrified, some of the wood was replaced by silica and quartz, thereby preserving evidence of the Teredo. North Dakota was not represented in the Smithsonian Institution's mineral collection. Naming of the Teredo petrified wood as the state fossil remedied that situation and promoted the fossil to tourists, geologists, and rockhounds.
|Grass||Western Wheatgrass (Agropyron smithii) 1977
Western Wheatgrass, tough native prairie grass, once covered nearly all of the state. The North Dakota Chapter of the Society for Range Management called for adopting an official state grass. Western Wheatgrass was selected for its adaptability to soil conditions, its performance record for hay and pasture, and its role in range management as a species found in all the state's counties.
|March||"Flickertail March" by James D. Ployhar
In 1975 the Legislative Assembly passed H.B. No. 1160, which designated James D. Ployhar's Spirit of the Land as the official state march (1975 S.L., ch. 462). Mr. Ployhar had been commissioned by the North Dakota Band Directors Association to compose a march appropriate for official state functions. Spirit of the Land was played in the Capitol's Great Hall by the Jamestown High School Band on the day the bill passed the House of Representatives in February 1975. Once designated as the state march, Spirit of the Land was sent to a publisher. The title happened to be nearly identical to another march. As a result, the publisher requested that a new title be selected. Mr. Ployhar agreed to Flickertail March. In 1989 the Legislative Assembly approved the change.
|Motto||Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable is the state motto|
|Museum, Railroad||Mandan Railroad Museum, 1989|
|Seal||Great Seal, 1889|
|Song||"North Dakota Hymn" 1947
Written by Jamce W. Foley,
Composed by Dr. C.S. Putnam
|Tree||American Elm, Ulmus americana|
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