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Pennsylvania Cultural Symbols

Pennsylvania’s nine official cultural symbols focus heavily on transportation—ships, trains, and airplanes.

Cultural Symbols  
Beverage milk Redundant Symbol 1982
Steam Locomotive K4s Steam Locomotive 1987
Electric Locomotive GG1 4859 Electric Locomotive 1987
Aircraft Piper J-3 Cub 2014
Arboretum Morris Arboretum and Gardens of the University of Pennsylvania 1988
Pops Orchestra Philly Pops 1999
Theatre Walnut Street Theatre at 9th and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia 1999
Firearm Pennsylvania long rifle 2014
Flagship of Pennsylvania United States Brig Niagara 1988
Symbols of Local Culture(Ship: By Lance Woodworth, CC BY 2.0link Note: I modified the background on this image. Piper J-3 Cub: By D. Miller from MI. USA – IMG_4731, CC BY 2.0link Note: I modified this image, erasing the background.)

Pennsylvania’s official flagship is the United States Brig Niagara. Actually, it’s more a symbol of war than transportation.

Niagara was Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s two-masted flagship. It played an important role in the naval battle of Lake Erie during The War of 1812.

Today, the Niagara visits ports on the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Seaboard as an ambassador of the city of Erie and the state of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has two official trains, a steam locomotive and an electric locomotive. It also has an official aircraft, the Piper J-3 Cub. It was built in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania from 1937-1947.

Representing the arts and Philadelphia both are an official pops orchestra (Philly Pops) and theatre (Walnut Street Theatre at 9th and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia).

On a darker note, Pennsylvania is one of several states with an official firearm. It chose the Pennsylvania long rifle, which was developed and produced in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Daniel Boone was born in Pennsylvania, but he took his long rifle to Kentucky, where it became known as the “Kentucky long rifle.”

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