||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
||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,
||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.
||The Striped Bass (Morone
saxatilis) was designated as the Official
State Fish on July 13, 2000.
||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.
||The Violet (Viola sororia)
was designated as the Official State Flower
on March 11, 1968.
||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.
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 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
||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,
||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.
||The Quahog (Mercenaria
mercenaria) was designated as the Official
State Shell on June 30, 1987.
||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
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.
||The Official State Tartan,
as designated on July 20, 2000, was created by
the St. Andrews Society of Rhode Island Inc.
||The Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
was designated as the Official State Tree
on March 6, 1964.
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.