West Virginia State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
West Virginia Symbols, West Virginia Emblems, and West Virginia 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.
West Virginia Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
|Animal||Black Bear (Ursus americanus) 1973|
|Bird||Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1949|
|Butterfly||Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) March 1, 1995|
|Coat of Arms||See the Great Seal, September 26, 1863|
|Colors||Old Gold and Blue, March 8, 1963
|Day||West Virginia Day (June 20) 1927 On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia on thec ondition that it would gradually abolish slavery. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863,with the bill becoming effective sixty days later on June 20, 1863. “West Virginia Day” became a legal holidayby Chapter 59, Acts of the Legislature, Regular Session, 1927|
|Fish||Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 1973|
|Flag||State Flag, March 7, 1929|
|Flower||Big Laurel (Rhodedendron Maximum) January 29, 1903|
|Fruit||Golden Delicious apple, March 7, 1972|
|Military Crest||See the Great Seal, September 26, 1863|
|Motto||Montani semper liberi (Mountaineers are always free) West Virginia's state motto comes from the Latin phrase: Montani Semper Liberi which means "Mountaineers are always free". It was proposed by Joseph H. DisDebar who also designed the state seal. The motto is found at the bottom of the state seal.|
|Seal||Great Seal, September 26, 1863|
|Soil||Monongahela Silt Loam, 1997|
|Song||"The West Virginia Hills" February 28, 1963
Words by Mrs. Ellen King
Music by H. E. Engle
"West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home" February 28, 1963
|Tree||Sugar Maple (Acer saccarum) March 7, 1949|
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