Pennsylvania, the second commonwealth (state) to be inducted into the Union. Pennsylvania state things have a lot to do with the state’s nickname ‘Keystone State’.
Being one of the most important states in building the American government and the constitution following the declaration of Independence, thus the symbols of Pennsylvania also have a long history.
The Pennsylvania state symbols are also influenced by the British due to Quakers and other religious minorities who settled in the state following their persecution.
Here are 15 Pennsylvania icons and their history you should know!
1. What Is the State Animal of Pennsylvania?
The Whitetail is a noble and proud animal that solved the survival problems of early settlers by providing them with food and clothing. The deer is also an intelligent animal with character & endurance.
2. What Is the Official State Flower of Pennsylvania?
Mountain Laurel is one of the native and most beautiful evergreen shrubs of the Penn Woods. It was selected as the State flower of Pennsylvania by governor Gifford Pinchot in 1930.
3. What Is the State Cookie of Pennsylvania?
Though almond cookie fossils dating around 405 million years ago were found around the area, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts share the chocolate chip cookie as their official state cookie.
4. What Is the State Beverage of Pennsylvania?
Milk was adopted as the state beverage of Pennsylvania to promote its extensive farm produce and to support North Carolina farmers and cows due to the recommendation of the state’s milk commission in 1982.
5. What Is the State Plant of Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania is the only American state to have a beautification and conservation plant as its official state plant. This hardy plant is used around the state as food for livestock, erosion controller, and for building rich soil in farms, or gardens.
6. What Is the State Tree of Pennsylvania?
The Eastern Hemlock is a slow-growing tree that can take 200 to 300 years to reach maturity. The long-lived tree is a common sight in the PennWoods that can live for a minimum of 800 years.
7. What Is the State Bird of Pennsylvania?
Apart from hunting the white-tailed deer for survival, the early Pennsylvania settlers also relied on these fleshy and plump birds for food. The birds are still a common part of the Pennsylvanian ecosystem.
8. What Is the State Dog of Pennsylvania?
The German origin dog was chosen over a Beagle as the official state dog of the Pennsylvania state, not because of its origin but because the early settlers relied on this breed to protect their farms and houses.
9. What Is the State Fish of Pennsylvania?
The only native trout available in abundance along the 4000 miles of the widespread Pennsylvanian lakes are the Brook Trouts. They were adopted as the state fish in 1970.
10. What Is the State Insect of Pennsylvania?
The Upper Darby town’s elementary students sent fireflies as their selection for the state insect after reading an article about Maryland adopting a state insect. The General Assembly accepted the submission in 1974.
11. What Is the State Motto of Pennsylvania?
The motto reflects the belief, hope, and attitude of New Yorkers following the outbreak of the War of Independence in 1775 that lasted till 1783.
12. Which Food Was Invented in Pennsylvania?
Do you know that apart from the above three, pretzels, Hershey’s kisses, Lebanon bologna, apple butter, tastykake, Reese peanut butter cups, Twizzlers, and many other famous snacks were invented in Pennsylvania?
13. Pennsylvania Means HighWoods
Sir William Penn named Pennsylvania after his father Admiral Sir William Penn and because Penn means ‘Head’ in Welsh while ‘Sylvania’ meant ‘woodlands’ in Latin.
14. Which American States Are Called CommonWealths?
Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, and Massachusetts are the only states to adopt this terminology as an alternative for a state to show how the government prioritizes the public.
15. Is there a Bald Eagle in the Seal of Pennsylvania?
The seal of Pennsylvania consists of a bald eagle, a ship that represents trade to all parts of the world, and three golden sheaves of wheat showing the state’s abundant agricultural riches.