Shortly after 1776, states began to adopt their own official state seals, mottos, nicknames, and much more, which have all been used to symbolize and represent the uniqueness of each state in the U.S.

It was on the 3rd of April, 1896 when Utah’s state seal was originally designed by Harry Emmett Edwards. Utah’s state seal is symbolic of the state’s rich history with religion and various industries. The beehive that features in the middle of the seal is symbolic of hard work and industry – the state motto of Utah and the official state nickname is the “Beehive State”.

The date that appears on the seal is 1847, which is the year in which the Mormons came to Utah. 1896 is not only the year in which the design was created, but it is also the year Utah became an official state, joining the union to become the 45th state in the U.S.

Utah state seal

The United States’ national bird appears on the seal of the state of Utah, a bald eagle. The eagle is perching on top of the shield, symbolizing protection in both peace and war. Additionally, the sego lilies showcase peace and they are also Utah’s state flower.

The U.S. national flag also appears on each side of the state seal, displaying Utah’s continuous support for the nation. This great seal can be found on the official state flag for Utah too.

Most states will have their seal showcase a relevant story, that is indicative of the state and its history and forms part of many interesting facts that there are to learn. The Beehive State is certainly no different, embodying everything that Utah stands for.