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A tribute to the official state bird which is native to this state
A ceremony overlooking Lake Champlain and a vast wilderness of trees and hills gave this state it's nickname
This state's nickname originated in the War of 1812, in which the volunteer soldiers from this state displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans
The first of the original 13 colonies to ratify the constitution and become a state
General George Washington bestowed this state's nickname and thereby associated it with its troops who served courageously in many Revolutionary War battles
This state's nickname is due to its close proximity to several large bays
This state's nickname is because of the abundance of this type of flower and tree found in the state
This nickname is attributed to Rep. Willard Van Diver; it connotates a certain self-deprecating stubborness and devotion to simple common sense
The nickname of this state recognizes its vast wealth and variety of resources
The official state animal, it was prized for its fur and overtrapped by early settlers; recent efforts have re-established populations across the state
This state's early settlers entered too early in order to claim land
This state is known for its natural beauty, clear lakes and streams, and abundance of natural wildlife
A name used to promote tourism, as it is close to the Atlantic Ocean
This state has large silver mine industries
This nickname came about due to this state's opportunities and many lightly settled regions
The Appalachian Mountains extend through the eastern portion of this state
This state's nickname is due to the large number of this tree that once covered its hills and plains; also due to the canes of William Henry Harrison supporters in the 1840 preside
Known as this due to the rights women in this state have traditionally observed: women here were the first in the nation to vote, serve on juries, and hold public office
The traditional rock of this state; it once had a large industry surrounding its quarrying
Celebrates this state's most famous national (natural) feature
This state's nickname is actually due to a misunderstanding: Congress dedicated the territory believing it to be a Shoshone word for Gem of the Mountains
Celebrates the epic sculpture of the faces of four exalted American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln
This state's nickname comes from their pleasant weather
This state's nickname comes from architecture and refers to the central, wedge-shaped stone in an arch, which holds all the other stones in place
From the state motto, this has given its people a sense of direction over time
Nickname OriginStateNickname
This nickname is used to promote tourism in this state
A single star was part of the Long Expedition, the Austin Colony, and several flags of the early Republic of this state
A poem by Richard Finley was used in the major newspaper of this state's capital
The International Peace Garden straddles the international boundary between this state and Manitoba, Canada
This nickname comes from the state animal; early state prospectors had to live like these animals, often burrowing into hillsides for shelter
This state's nickname comes from a popular greeting here
John Fiske, a popular historian from this state, claimed that the Fundamental Orders of 1638/39 were the first written constitution in history
This state has a reputation for producing the highest quality fruit
Recognizes a tree that is the officially designated state symbol since this state has over 17 million acres of forest
A distinguished citizen of this state once commented, 'our _____ state is like a huge barrel, with both ends open, one of which is plucked by New York and the other by Pennsylvania
Charles II of England quartered the arms of this state on his shield in 1663, thus adding it to his dominions of France, Ireland, and Scotland
Refers to the official (tropical-looking) tree of this state
The nickname of this state calls to mind the wildflowers of this state's prairies and the officially recognized state flower
This state's shores touch 4 of the 5 Great Lakes and it has more than 11,000 inland lakes
This state's name was applied to Confederate soldiers from this state when a cavalry wearing new uniforms were harassed by other soldiers
This nickname refers to the importance of mining in this state
This state's nickname is from it's official emblem; a symbol of industry and the pioneer virtues of thrift and perseverance
Nickname given by C.T. Conover, a pioneer realtor and historian, for this state's abundance of this type of forest
This state's modern development can be traced back to the discovery of gold in 1848 and the fields of golden poppies seen throughout the state each spring
This state's nickname was first suggested by James G. Edwars as a tribute to indian leader Chief Black Hawk
In honor of this states troops during the Civil War who stood their ground
A specific type of grass became associated with this state after traders took a liking to it
A fitting name for this state, where the third full week in September is dedicated to demonstrating the value of preserving and re-establishing native prairies
This nickname is derived from the nickname of the state university, a reference to a specific method of harvesting crops
This state's nickname came from the fact that it became a state 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence

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