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Ohio Cultural Symbols

Ohio has a sterling roster of official cultural symbols, aside from that stupid flag salute.

Cultural Symbols  
Artifact Adena pipe 2013
Prehistoric Monument Newark earthworks, Licking county 2006
Historical Architecture barn 2019
Bicentennial Bridge The Blaine Hill bridge in Belmont County 2002
Gravity Racing Symbol All-American Soap Box Derby® 2023
Beverage tomato juice 1965
Rock Song Hang on Sloopy 1985
Flag Salute 2002
Ohio Cultural Symbols

While other states call milk their official beverage, Ohioans adopted tomato juice.

In 2023, the All-American Soap Box Derby® was designated the official gravity racing symbol. The event was the brainchild of journalist Myron E. (“Scottie”) Scott, who organized the first gravity-race in Dayton, Ohio, in 1933.

The event evolved into an annual summer tradition. Derby Downs in Akron has been the All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race site since the first race was held there on August 16, 1936.

However, Ohio’s cultural symbols focus most notably on architecture and history. Combining both, the barn was named the official historical architecture. Scott Hagan painted the Ohio Bicentennial logo on barns in all 88 Ohio counties in 2003, 16 years before the barn became an official symbol.

In 2002, the Blaine Hill bridge in Belmont County was designated a symbol in honor of Ohio’s bicentennial.

Native America ˆ

An even older structure, Newark earthworks was adopted as Ohio’s official prehistoric monument. It’s so big, you could walk past it without even noticing it. It is much more impressive when seen from an airplane.

Ohio is among the states with an official artifact, the Adena pipe. It was found near Chillicothe.

The Adena pipe is shaped like a human being. Tobacco was burned in a tiny bowl between the figure’s feet. Smoke wafted through a tube in the body to a mouthpiece on top of the head. The pipe, which is about eight inches tall, was made some time between 100 BC and 100 AD.

Ohio’s state gem, flint, has a Native American connection as well. Arrowheads, knives, and other items were carved out of flint for thousands of years. Ohio’s famous Flint Ridge was a popular place for obtaining flint.

Scientists have found objects made of Flint Ridge flint as far west as the Rocky Mountains and south to the Gulf of Mexico. They are evidence of trade.

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