Did You Know Utah Has An Official Grass?
You probably know what Utah's state bird is. It's the Seagull. What you may not have known is that it wasn't made the state bird until 1955 even though pioneers were singing the birds praises back in 1848.
You can probably guess the state insect. It's the honey bee. What about the state flower? It's the sego lily. You know your stuff. What about the state grass?
What? You don't know what the state grass is? How about the state fossil? The state rock?
If you're like me, you had no idea we had so many different official state things. So you can look smart with your friends, here are a list of Utah State Symbols.
Utah State Grass: Indian Ricegrass. It was made the state grass in 1990 and is native to the west.
Utah state rock: Coal. Made in 1991 and was the result of a school project in Carbon County.
Utah State Fossil: Dinosaur Allosaurus was chosen in 1988 as it has been found in Utah.
Utah State Fish: Rainbow Trout. This became official clear back in 1971.
Utah State Animal: Elk. Not to be confused with the trout. Also became law back in 1971.
Utah State Gem: Topaz, not to be confused with the rock. This was put into law way before coal back in 1969.
Utah State Song: "Utah We Love Thee". This goes way back to 1917 and it was written by Evan Stephens.
Utah State Tree: Blue Spruce. Back in 1933 they got this done.
Utah State Motto: Industry. That's it...industry. Made law in 1959.
Utah State Emblem: The Beehive. Also goes back to 1959.
I hope that fills you in and you look smart the next time someone asks you what the state grass is.