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Arizona State Tree
Palo Verde

Arizona State Flower
Saguaro Cactus Blossom

Arizona State Fossil
Petrified Wood

Arizona State Butterfly
Two-Tailed Swallowtail


Arizona State Mineral

The amount of copper
on the roof of the
Arizona Capitol building
is equivalent to
4,800,000 pennies.

Arizona State Mammal 
Ringtail Cat 
Arizona State Amphibian
Noble Arizona tree frog
Arizona State Fish
Apache Trout

Arizona State Reptile
Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake
Arizona State Gem
Arizona State Bird
Cactus Wren

Arizona State Seal
The state seal, adopted in 1911, shows a sun over mountain peaks, a reminder of the beautiful sunsets seen in our desert. There's also a miner, complete with pick and shovel, representing Arizona's rich mines. An irrigated field with grazing cattle represents our agriculture. And perhaps most important, a dam and reservoir is a reminder that without careful water conservation and water management, we'd all have to move elsewhere.
Arizona State Flag
Arizona was the last of the lower 48 to become a state. The flag that resulted was this country's symbol longer than any other. The 13 rays of red and gold on the top half represent both the 13 original colonies of the Union, and the rays of the Western setting sun. Red and gold were also the colors carried by Coronado's Spanish expedition in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola in 1540.

The bottom half of the flag has the same Liberty blue as the United States flag. The blue field of the Arizona flag is a tribute to the blue of the Union flag.

Since Arizona was the largest producer of copper in the nation, a copper star was placed in the flag's center. The copper colored star in the center of the flag represents Arizona's status as the largest producer of copper in the nation.

The Arizona state flag was designed by Colonel Charles W. Harris, who served as Adjutant General of the state intermittently between 1912 and 1928. Colonel Harris took both history and color into consideration in his design.

The red and yellow are a nod to the Spanish Conquistadors, who, led by Coronado, traveled through Arizona in 1540 in a vain quest for the Seven Cities of Cibola; the Conquistadors carried red and gold.

The red and yellow colors are arranged in rays around the top of the star, depicting the unique beauty of an Arizona sunset. The first Arizona flag was sewn by Nan D. Hayden.

The USS Arizona Memorial as a national shrine symbolizes American sacrifice and resolve.

The battleship USS Arizona bears a state's name because when it was build the battleship was the mightiest ship of the Navy, and the mightiest ships were required, by law, to be named after a state. The rule since Congress first gave the Secretary of the Navy authority to name ships in 1819 has been: First class ships are named after states, second class ships after rivers, and third class ships after cities and towns. The reason the Secretary chose Arizona may be subject to speculation, but Arizona's admission as a state a mere two years before construction began on battleship may have helped the choice along.

National Park Service Website

Arizona has 60% of all types of wildlife species found in North America. Big game species include javelina, bear, elk, antelope, big horn sheep, bison, mule deer, white tail deer, mountain lion, and turkey.

Arizona has the largest stand of ponderosa pines in the world. Arizona also has more parks and national monuments than any other state, more mountains than Switzerland, and more golf courses than Scotland.

The best-preserved meteor crater in America is located near Winslow, Arizona. Nearly 50,000 years ago, the huge nickel-iron meteor, weighing a few hundred thousand tons and traveling at a speed of upwards of five to ten miles per second, slammed into the earth with such force that it destroyed all life for a hundred-mile radius. The crater measures 4150 feet rim-to-rim and is 570 feet deep.

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