34  KANSAS

January 29, 1861

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"Sunflower State"

The Kansas STATE FLAG was first adopted in 1925 and revised in both 1927 and again in 1963.  The State Seal is centered on the flag just below a sunflower.  Inside the seal depicting frontier life (with a farmer plowing and awagon train in the background) is a banner with 34 stars, noting the admission of Kansas as our 34th State.  The banner over the field of stars contains the motto of Kansas and is translated:

"TO THE STARS THROUGH DIFFICULTIES"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35  WEST VIRGINIA

June 20, 1863

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"Mountain State"

As you learned earlier if you've been doing the Hall of Heroes tour, the problems between the people of West Virginia and Virginia were not simply a Civil War conflict.  The independent spirit of the rugged pioneers of the West Virginia area clashed with the more proper ways of Virginia aristocracy.  This independent spirit is shown in the  hunter and miner displayed on the State Flag adopted in 1905 (and modified in 1907 and 1929), along with the West Virginia motto which is translated as:

"MOUNTAINEERS ARE ALWAYS FREE"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36 NEVADA

October 31, 1864

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"Silver State"

The Flag of Nevada was adopted in 1929 and features a blue field with a silver star.  The silver of the star represents the rich mining industry of the "Silver State".  A spray of SAGEBRUSH, Nevada's State Flower, highlights the star of our 36th State.   Nevada joined the Union in 1864 during the height of the Civil War, hence its motto:

"BATTLE BORN"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

37  NEBRASKA

March 1, 1867

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"Cornhusker State"

The SEAL of the State of Nebraska is the sole image on the STATE FLAG adopted in 1925.  Visible on the seal is the Rocky Mountains and Missouri River, two important geographical features.  The large state of Nebraska relied heavily on advancements in transportation and the seal features a train and steam ship, along with a blacksmith, wheat and corn to represent the lifestyle of the Nebraska citizens.  Nebraska's flag is the only State Flag to bear the full date of statehood...month, day, and year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38  COLORADO

August 1, 1876

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"Centennial State"

Originally incorporated as the State of Jefferson, Colorado was admitted to the Union on the 100th Anniversary of Independence, hence the nickname "Centennial State".  The State flag was adopted in 1911 and modified in 1964.  The gold and silver representede the rich minerals being mined in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.  Both of these colors, along with blue, are found in the State Flower, the Rocky Mountain columbine.  The red comes from the Spanish word for that color- "COLORADO".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39  NORTH DAKOTA

November 2, 1889

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"Peace Garden State"

The flag adopted by North Dakota in 1911 bears a striking resemblance to the military flags earlier used by the Dakota Territorial Guard and then the North Dakota National Guard.  It displays the United States coat of arms complete with eagle and thirteen stars, as well as our national motto:

"E Plurabus Unum"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40  SOUTH DAKOTA

November 2, 1889

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"Mt. Rushmore State"

North and South Dakota  achieved statehood separately on the same date, November 2, 1889.   While North Dakota's State Flag was adopted in 1911, South Dakota was the LAST State to formally adopt its STATE FLAG (1963).  The Seal of the State appears on a sunburst against a backdrop of blue and encircled by the State's Name.  While the flag refers to it as the "Sunshine State" (like FLORIDA), the State was first nicknamed the "Coyote State" and later changed to "Mt. Rushmore State".  Inside the seal are symbols representing industry, agriculture, ranching, commerce, and the State's natural wonders.