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Official symbols represent the cultural heritage and natural treasures of each state or the entire United States (national symbols). Each state is also recognized by well-known icons and emblems such as state flags & seals, and every city & town has unique landmarks, parks, and historic markers.

When did the U.S. begin adopting state symbols?

A "National Garland of Flowers" created for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (made of representative flowers from each state) was the inspiration for adopting official state flowers. This began a trend that led to the adoption of official state birds, trees, and all the unique state symbols recognized today.

How is a state symbol created?

A social studies teacher describes how she and her seventh grade students championed the cowboy boot as a state symbol on the State Footwear of Texas page; or read how students in Anchorage, Alaska initiated the adoption of the official State Dog!