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Official Symbols of Rhode Island

The official Name of Rhode Island is The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. It can be traced in this form back to the Royal Charter of 1663, in which the future state is named the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

State Symbol of American Folk Art The Charles I.D. Looff Carousel in East Providence is all that remains of a large Victorian-era amusement park. One of the few handmade carousels still in use, it was designed and built in 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites and Places on April 21, 1976, became the Official State Symbol of American Folk Art on May 28, 1985, and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Rhode Island Red The Rhode Island Red, a breed of chicken developed at Little Compton by William Tripp and John Macomber, was designated the Official State Bird on May 3, 1954.
Coffee Milk Coffee Milk is similar to chocolate milk but is made with coffee syrup. First introduced to Rhode Islanders in the early 1920's, it became so popular in Rhode Island that on July 29, 1993 the State Legislature designated it as the Official State Drink.
Striped Bass The Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) was designated as the Official State Fish on July 13, 2000.
State Flag Adopted in 1877, the Official State Flag is white, five feet and six inches fly and four feet and ten inches deep on the pike, bearing on each side in the center a gold anchor, twenty-two inches high, and underneath it a blue ribbon twenty-four inches long and five inches wide, or in these proportions, with the motto "Hope" in golden letters thereon, the whole surrounded by thirteen golden stars in a circle. The flag is edged with yellow fringe.
Violet The Violet (Viola sororia) was designated as the Official State Flower on March 11, 1968.
Rhode Island Greening Apple Developed in Rhode Island around 1796, greening apples retain their sharp taste in cooking. Their flesh is crisp and colored yellow-green. The Rhode Island Greening Apple was designated as the Official State Fruit on June 20, 1991.
  The "Independent Man" Statue atop the State House was designed by George T. Brewster, and cast by the Gorham Manufacturing Company. The statue was placed atop the dome on December 18, 1899. It is 11 feet tall (14 feet to the tip of the spear) and consists of 500 pounds of gilded bronze cast in five sections and riveted together.
Bowenite Bowenite is a close relative of jade and can be considered a semi-precious gem stone. It is found in northern Rhode Island and was first discovered in the early 1800's by geologist George Bowen. It was designated as the Official State Mineral on May 26, 1966.
Cumberlandite Cumberlandite is a heavy black or dark brown rock with white markings. It is found south of the Town of Cumberland on both sides of Narragansett Bay. It will attract a magnet, and is estimated to be between 1 and 1.5 billion years old. It was designated as the Official State Rock on May 26, 1966.
Seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations The Rhode Island General Assembly first adopted a Seal for the colony containing an anchor with the word Hope above it on May 4, 1664.
Quahog The Quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria) was designated as the Official State Shell on June 30, 1987.
USS Providence The USS Providence was designated as the Official State Tall Ship and Flagship on July 27, 1993. This 110-foot fully rigged sailing vessel is a faithful replica of the first ship ever commanded by John Paul Jones. During her distinguished naval career, the 12-gun Providence sank or captured 40 British enemy ships. The new Providence was built for the 1976 bicentennial. She is currently berthed in Providence.
Tartan The Official State Tartan, as designated on July 20, 2000, was created by the St. Andrews Society of Rhode Island Inc.
Red Maple The Red Maple (Acer rubrum) was designated as the Official State Tree on March 6, 1964.
Courageous The Courageous, US-12/26, is the latest America's Cup contender to come from the design board of Olin Stephens. One of the world's most distinguished yachts, the Courageous raced in more America's Cup campaigns than any other yacht in history, and won it twice (in 1974 and 1977). She was designated as the Official State Yacht on July 13, 2000.

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