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West Virginia State Symbols

Welcome to West Virginia! (Continued below)

West Virginia State Flag
Nicknames & Slogans
Nicknames The Mountain State, Panhandle State, Switzerland of America  
Symbols of State
Motto Montani Semper Liberi 1863
Song “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home” 1947
Song “The West Virginia Hills” 1961
Song “This Is My West Virginia” 1963
Song “Take Me Home Country Roads” 2014
Flower big laurel (Rhododendron maximum) 1903
Tree sugar maple (Acer saccharum) 1949
Fruit Golden Delicious apple (Malus) 1972
Bird cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1949
Animal black bear (Ursus americanus) 1973
Reptile timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) 2008
Amphibian northern red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) 2015
Fish brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 1973
Insect honeybee (Apis mellifera) Redundant Symbol 1978
Butterfly monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) 1995
Gem Lithostrotionella (fossil coral) 1990
Rock bituminous coal 2009
Fossil † giant ground sloth (Megalonyx jeffersonii) 2008
Soil Monongahela Silt Loam 1997
Cultural Symbols
Colors Old gold and blue 1963
Tribal Group Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia 1996
Steam Locomotive Shay No. 5 2004
Tartan West Virginia shawl 2008
Year-round Professional Theatre Greenbrier Valley Theatre 2006
Youth Ballet River City Youth Ballet Ensemble 2007
Language English Redundant Symbol 2016
Firearm Hall flintlock model 1819 2013

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