List of Arizona state symbols

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Location of the state of Arizona in the United States of America

The following is a list of symbols of the U.S. state of Arizona. The majority of the items in the list are officially recognized after a law passed by the state legislature. Most of the symbols were adopted in the 20th century. The first symbol was the motto, which was made official in 1864 for the Arizona Territory. Arizona became the second state to adopt a "state firearm" after Utah adopted the Browning M1911. [1] Fifteen of the state symbols are on display on the Arizona Capitol Museum. [A] [2]

Arizona Territory US 19th century-early 20th century territory

The Territory of Arizona was a territory of the United States that existed from February 24, 1863 until February 14, 1912, when the remaining extent of the territory was admitted to the Union as the state of Arizona. It was created from the western half of the New Mexico Territory during the American Civil War.

Utah A state of the United States of America

Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U.S. on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 30th-most-populous, and 11th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2016. Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which contains approximately 2.5 million people; and Washington County in Southern Utah, with over 160,000 residents. Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast.

M1911 pistol semi-automatic pistol

The M1911, also known as the "Government" or "Colt Government", is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil-operated pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1986. It was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The pistol's formal designation as of 1940 was Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 for the original model of 1911 or Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911A1 for the M1911A1, adopted in 1924. The designation changed to Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1 in the Vietnam War era.



Flag The flag of Arizona The flag of Arizona does not contain a state seal but consists of 13 rays of red and gold (the conquistador colors of the flag of Spain) on the top half, representing the original 13 American colonies, as well as symbolizing Arizona's picturesque sunsets. There is a copper colored star in the center representing Arizona's copper-mining industry. The rest of the flag is colored blue, representing liberty. [3] 1917 Flag of Arizona.svg
Seal The seal of Arizona The Great Seal of the State of Arizona is ringed by the words "Great Seal of the State of Arizona" on the top, and 1912 the year of Arizona's statehood, on the bottom. The motto Ditat Deus (Latin: "God Enriches"), lies in the center of the seal. In the background is a range of mountains with the sun rising behind the peaks1911 [4] Arizona-StateSeal.svg

Mottoes and Nickname

Motto Latin: Ditat Deus
(God enriches)
1864 [5] Arizona-StateSeal.svg
Nicknames [B] The Grand Canyon State [6]
The Copper State [7]
Apache State [7]


Flower Saguaro cactus blossom
(Carnegiea gigantea)
1931 [8] The Cactaceae Vol II, plate XXII filtered.jpg
Tree Palo Verde
(Parkinsonia florida)
1954 [9] Cercidium floridum whole.jpg


Amphibian Arizona tree frog
( Hyla eximia ) [C]
1986 [10] Hyla eximia.jpg
Bird Cactus Wren
(Harpagornis incendei)
1973 [11] Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus 20061226.jpg
Butterfly Two-tailed swallowtail
(Papilio multicaudata)
2001 [12] Papilio multicaudata.jpg
Fish Apache trout
(Oncorhynchus gilae apache) [D]
1986 [9]
Mammal Ring-tailed cat
(Bassariscus astutus) [E]
1986 [13] Bassariscus.jpg
Reptile Arizona ridge-nosed rattlesnake
(Crotalus willardi willardi) [F]
1986 [14] Ridgenose.jpg


Fossil Petrified wood 1988 [15] ArizonaPetrifiedWood.jpg
Gem Turquoise 1974 [16] Turquoise.pebble.700pix.jpg
Mineral Wulfenite 2017
Soil Casa Grande N/A [17]


Colors Federal Blue and old gold 1915 [18]
Firearm Colt Single Action Army 2011 [19] 1956prime2.jpg
Neckwear Bolo tie 1973 [20] Bola tie.jpg
Songs "Arizona March Song"
1919 [21]
1982 [22]
Drink Lemonade 2019 [23] LemonadeJuly2006.JPG


Highways in the United States are split into at least four different types of systems: Interstate Highways, U.S. Highways, state highways, and county highways. Highways are generally organized by a route number or letter. These designations are generally displayed along the route by means of a highway shield. Each system has its own unique shield design that will allow quick identification to which system the route belongs. Below is a list of the different highway shields used throughout the United States.

50 State Quarters Series of U.S. coins

The 50 State Quarters Program was the release of a series of circulating commemorative coins by the United States Mint. From 1999 through 2008, it featured unique designs for each of the 50 U.S. states on the reverse of the quarter.

USS <i>Arizona</i> (BB-39) large ship sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship built for and by the United States Navy in the mid-1910s. Named in honor of the 48th state's recent admission into the union, the ship was the second and last of the Pennsylvania class of "super-dreadnought" battleships. Although commissioned in 1916, the ship remained stateside during World War I. Shortly after the end of the war, Arizona was one of a number of American ships that briefly escorted President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference. The ship was sent to Turkey in 1919 at the beginning of the Greco-Turkish War to represent American interests for several months. Several years later, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and remained there for the rest of her career.

See also

The U.S. state of Arizona first required its residents to register their motor vehicles in 1912. Registrants provided their own license plates for display until 1914, when the state began to issue plates. Plates are currently issued by the Motor Vehicle Division of the Arizona Department of Transportation (MVD).


A These 15 symbols were passed into law by the state legislature: the state seal, state colors, state flag, state songs, state bird, state flower, state tree, state neckwear, state gemstone, state fish, state mammal, state reptile, state fossil, and the state butterfly. The state mineral is unofficial.
B Other nicknames include: the Aztec State, the Baby State, the Valentine State, Italy of America, the Sand Hill State, and the Sunset State.
C The Arizona treefrog was chosen by students around Arizona. The students studied 800 species in an effort to select four finalists for every category. Three other amphibians were considered: the Colorado river toad, red-spotted toad, and the spadefoot toad.
D The Apache trout was chosen by students around Arizona. The students studied 800 species in an effort to select four finalists for every category. Three other fish were considered: the Colorado river squawfish, the desert pupfish, and the bonytail chub.
E The ring-tailed cat was chosen by students around Arizona. The students studied 800 species in an effort to select four finalists for every category. Three other mammals were considered: the whitetail deer, the desert bighorn sheep, and the javelina.
F The Arizona ridge-nosed rattlesnake was chosen by students around Arizona. The students studied 800 species in an effort to select four finalists for every category. Three other reptiles were considered: the gila monster, the desert tortoise, and the regal horned lizard.

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Oracle State Park

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