41  MONTANA

November 8, 1889

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"Treasure State"

When Montana was admitted to the Union in 1889 is was the third largest state in terms of land (behind only Texas and California), and one of the most sparcely population.  The STATE FLAG was adopted in 1905 and modified in 1981.  In addition to the State's name the flag bears the Seal of the State depicting the Great Falls of the Missouri River and the sun rising over the Rocky Mountains.  The plow in the foreground represents the strong agricultural activity of the state and the motto printed on the banner at the bottom attests to the rich mining deposits of the State and translates:

"GOLD AND SILVER"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42  WASHINGTON

November 11, 1889

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"Evergreen State"

When Washington was admitted to the Union in 1889 it became the first, and ONLY state to be named for an American president.  (Originally Colorado was incorporated as the State of Jefferson, but the name was changed before statehood.)  As such George Washington's image appeared State Seal.  The Washington STATE FLAG was adopted in 1923 and revised in 1967.  The green of the flag represents the nickname given the State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43  IDAHO

July 3, 1890

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"Gem State"

The Idaho STATE FLAG was adopted in 1927, and like so many other state flags consists primarily of the State Seal.  Inside the seal are symbols dedicated to representing the diversity of life in Idaho including mining, logging, and agriculture.  The head of a large bull elk looks out from behind the Rocky Mountains.  The figures of two people are also represented on the seal, one that of a miner and the other of a woman with a staff...the latter a tribute to the rights of women.  The state motto printed at the top of the seal is translated:

"MAY SHE LAST FOREVER"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44  WYOMING

July 10, 1890

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"Equality State"

The red, white and blue of the STATE FLAG adopted by Wyoming in 1917 has nothing to do with our National colors.  In the Wyoming Flag the red represents Native Americans who populated the State, white represents purity, and the blue is for the sky, justice, and loyalty.   The State Seal appears on the white silhouette of a bison (or buffalo).   Wyoming's admission for statehood was opposed by many in Congress who opposed the right of women to vote.  Until the 19th Amendment  was approved in 1920, women did not have a Constitutional right to vote...except in the Territory of Wyoming where women had been voting since 1869.  Hence the nickname given Wyoming as THE EQUALITY STATE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45  UTAH

January 4, 1896

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"Beehive State"

Utah adopted their STATE FLAG in 1911 and modified it two years later.  The state included the American Eagle and United States Flags to show its loyalty to the Nation.  The BEEHIVE in the center symbolized the industry of the state, and on either side among the green leaves is the State Flower, the sego lily.  Early settlers to Utah were spared starvation by eating the sego lily.  Two dates appear on the flag, the date of statehood in 1896 and the year Brigham Young's party arrived in the Utah Territory.   When Utah was granted statehood in 1896 it brought the total number of United States to 45.  It was the last of 29 states to be added to the Union in the 1800s.