Utah's State Symbols


State Flag
The original Utah State Flag consisted of a solid white state seal
on a light blue background which was adopted by the State Legislature in
1896 and revised in 1913. The Utah State Flag, as we know it today, was
originally designed for the battleship Utah in 1912. It was later made the
official flag of Utah when Governor William Spry signed House Joint
Resolution I in 1913.

Explanation of the Symbols on Utah's State Flag

The Utah State Flag has a blue background with the State Seal
inscribed in the center and is easily distinguished from other state flags.


American Eagle with wings outspread, grasping six arrows in its
talons, symbolizes protection in peace ...

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early pioneers had few material resources at their
disposal and therefore had to rely on their own "industry" to survive. The
beehive was chosen as the emblem for the provisional State of Deseret in
1848 and was maintained along with the word "industry" on the seal and flag
when Utah became a state in 1896.

Bird

Abundant nesting colonies of the California gull (Larus
californious Lawrence) have been reported as early as the 1850's in Utah.
These gulls are assumed to be the species that saved the crops of the early
Mormon settlers from crickets in 1848-1849. These birds now nest in large
colonies in the islands and dikes of the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake.

Flower

The sego lily (Calochortus nuttallii) was made the official state
flower in 1911 after a census was taken of the state's school children as
to their preference for a state flower. The sego lily grows six to eight
inches high on open grass and sage rangelands in the Great Basin during the
summer ...

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deposits are found primarily in Carbon and Emery Counties
of Central Utah.

Animal

The Rock Mountain elk (Cervus canadensis) became the official state
animal in 1971. A member of the deer family, the elk lives in close
association with the deer and moose throughout much of Utah. Mature bulls
stand up to 60 inches at the shoulder and may weigh over 700 pounds. Today,
elk are are plentiful on most mountain ranges in Utah.

Fish

The cutthroat trout Salmo clarki, has 15 recognized subspecies, one
of which is the Bonneville Cutthroat. All cutthroat trout have a "cut," a
patch of orange or red on the throat and they differ from the rainbow trout
because they have basibranchial ...

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