WISCONSIN STATE SYMBOLS

Motto: FORWARD (introduced in 1851)

Song: ON, WISCONSIN
(music composed 1909 by William T. Purdy - lyrics a collaboration of Carl Beck and William T. Purdy

Flower: WOOD VIOLET (approved on Arbor Day 1909)

Bird: ROBIN (made official 1949)

Tree: SUGAR MAPLE (voted most popular in 1903 and again in 1948. Made official in 1949)

Animal: BADGER (associated with the state and declared official in 1957) Due to serious opposition the WHITE-TAILED DEER was named co-state animal.

Domestic Animal: DAIRY COW (added as the official domestic animal in 1971)

Mineral: GALENA (LEAD SULPHIDE) - 1971

Rock: RED GRANITE - 1971

Symbol of Peace: MOURNING DOVE - 1971

Insect: HONEY BEE - 1977

Soil: ANTIGO SILT LOAM - 1983

Fossil: TRIBOLITE - 1985

Dog: AMERICAN WATER SPANIEL - 1985

Beverage: Milk - 1987

Grain: Corn - 1989

Dance: POLKA - 1993

Flag: Design similar to the current flag approved in 1863 with specific language regarding the flag added to the State statutes in 1913. The last change to the flag occured in 1979 when the word WISCONSIN was added and the statehood date of 1848.


[Submitted by Diana Morse]




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