State symbols have been a mainstay of U.S. culture since the very beginning. Official symbols are used to represent the cultural heritage and natural history of each state in the most fun way possible.
Alaska is the same as most other states and has an abundance of symbols that are indicative to the state’s historical roots and geological history. There are also recognizable icons and emblems for each state, such as state seals and flags, nicknames and mottos, and much more which we have included in our Alaska state symbol list.
State of Alaska Symbols List
There are lots of state of Alaska symbols that in turn create a whole host of interesting facts, both from the past and present. We have shortlisted the top 6 most significant Alaska state symbols below and further down the page you will find a comprehensive table with each Alaska symbol and the date in which they were officially enacted. You can sort the list by date order too showing the most recently enacted symbols, or the oldest ones – it is a great resource.
Alaska State Animals
The Moose (Alces alces) officially became the state mammal of Alaska in 1998, they are also commonly referred to as Elk. Moose are the largest members of the historical deer family, and the Alaskan moose is the largest of them all, weighing between approximately 1,000 and 1,600 pounds! Typically in the wild mooses will inhabit the forests of North America, Europe, and Russia.
The second animal to represent the state is the Bowhead whale, which is an Alaska marine mammal. This beautiful whale has been the state marine mammal for Alaska since 1983. They were almost hunted to complete extinction, however, their numbers are fortunately making a slow and positive recovery after the protection by the International Whaling Commission intervened in 1937.
Alaska State Mineral
Gold was officially adopted as the Alaska state mineral in 1968 due to Alaska’s significant role in the famous “Golden Rush”, bringing thousands upon thousands of travelers to Alaska in the 1800s and early 1900s in search of gold and fortune.
Alaska State Bird and Flower
The willow ptarmigan became the official state bird of Alaska in 1955. In the wild, there are three different types of ptarmigan found across Alaska, the willow and the rock ptarmigan, which can also be seen residing in Scandinavia and Russia.
The incredibly unique and native alpine “forget-me-not” has been the state flower for Alaska since 1917. These beautiful flowers belong to one of the true blue flower families, displaying truly mesmerizing coloration. The forget-me-not flower (Myosotis alpestris) grows throughout the state of Alaska, typically in rocky mountainous places.
Alaska State Seal
The Alaska state seal was officially designed in 1910, which was before Alaska officially became a state and when it was still a U.S. territory. The seal itself features many different things that all represent the state in one way or another. The state seal of Alaska can be seen below in all its glory.
Alaska State Insect
Four-spot skimmer dragonflies may be a tongue-twister, but they are a truly special insect, representing Alaska since 1995. Their adoption as the official state insect was derived from Alaskan schoolchildren voting upon which out of the four chosen insects should be the one to symbolize the state. The other contestants were the slender mosquito, mourning cloak butterfly, and the bumblebee.
Alaska State Tree
The Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) became Alaska’s official state tree during 1962. These trees are named for Sitka sound in Alaska, and the spruce is the tallest conifer (a group of trees and shrubs which grow in cold climates) in the world! Their large growth rate is down to the moist ocean air and summer fog that often resides in Alaska’s cold terrain.
All Alaska State Symbols (Table)
Now that we have taken a look at some of the more popular and notable state symbols that are associated with the great state of Alaska, it makes sense to showcase all the Alaska state symbols that are best used to represent the state’s history and more present achievements and moments. Here is the complete list of symbols:
|Type Of Symbol||State Symbol||Year|
|Alaska State Bird||Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus alascensis Swarth)||1955|
|Alaska State Bolt-Action Rifle||Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 bolt-action rifle (multiple caliber)||2014|
|Alaska State Dog||Alaskan Malamute||2010|
|Alaska State Fish||King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)||1962|
|Alaska State Flag||State and Civil Flag||1927|
|Alaska State Flower||Wild native Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis alpestris)||1917|
|Alaska State Floral emblem||Wild native Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis alpestris)||1917|
|Alaska State Fossil||Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius)||1986|
|Alaska State Gem||Jade||1968|
|Alaska State Great Seal||Alaska Great State Seal||1912|
|Alaska State Hostess||Miss Alaska||1970|
|Alaska State Insect||Four Spot Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula quadrimaculata) [ More ]||1995|
|Alaska State Language||English||1998|
|Alaska State Land Mammal||Moose (Alces alces)||1998|
|Alaska State Marine Mammal||Bowhead Whaleadobe document (Balaena mysticetus)||1983|
|Alaska State Mineral||Gold||1968|
|Alaska State Sport||Dog mushing||1972|
|Alaska State Song||"Alaska's Flag," words by Marie Drake, music by Elinor Dusenbury||1955|
|Alaska State Tree||Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)||1962|