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This is a list of symbols of the United States Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The majority of the items in the list are officially recognized symbols created by an act of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and signed into law by the governor.



Type Symbol Year Image
Flag The flag of Pennsylvania 1799[1][2][3] Pennsylvania flag
Motto Virtue, Liberty, and Independence [4][5] ? Pennsylvania state quarter
Nickname The Keystone State[1][2][4][6] ~1800[2] Keystone state symbol Pennsylvania.svg
Seal The seal of Pennsylvania 1791[1][2] Pennsylvania State Seal


Type Symbol Year Image
Bird Ruffed Grouse
Bonasa umbellus
June 22, 1931[1][2][7] Ruffed Grouse
Flower Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia
May 5, 1933[1][2][8] Mountain Laurel
Tree Eastern Hemlock[9]
Tsuga canadensis
June 23, 1931[1][2][10] Hemlock
Beautification plant Penngift Crownvetch
Coronilla varia L. Penngift
June 17, 1982[1][2][11]
Animal White-tailed deer
Odocoileus virginianus
October 2, 1959[1][2][12] White-tailed deer
Dog Great Dane August 15, 1965[1][2][13] Great Dane
Fish Brook trout
Salvelinus fontinalis
August 15, 1965[1][2][14] Brook trout
Insect Firefly(Lightning Bug
Photuris pennsylvanica
April 10, 1974[1][2][15] Firefly
Fossil Trilobite December 5, 1988[1][2][16] Phacops rana


Type Symbol Year Image
Soil Hazelton Soil[17] ?


Type Symbol Year Image
Beverage Milk April 29, 1982 [1][18] Milk
Song Pennsylvania
By Eddie Khoury and Ronnie Bonner
November 29, 1990[1][2]


Type Symbol Date Image
Steam locomotive K4s 1361 and K4s 3750 April 28, 1987[19] K4s Steam
Electric locomotive GG1 4859 April 28, 1987[19] PRR 4859
Ship U.S. Brig Niagara April 7, 1988[20]

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