North Dakota State Symbols

Did you know North Dakota's state fruit is the chokecherry? Read about this commonly found fruit and other North Dakota fun facts and figures below.

Beverage: Milk

Bird: Western Meadowlark

Capitol: North Dakota's capital city is Bismarck. The present-day North Dakota capitol was completed in 1934 after a fire destroyed the original building. The capitol stands a towering 19 stories with a Moderne style architecture and Art Deco interior. Tours are available of the capitol building. For tour schedules and additional history visit the Capitol website.

Coat of Arms: Displayed for the first time by the National Guard at Camp Grafton on June 16, 1957

Creed: Written by Frank L. McVey. Click on Creed in previous column to see the full text.

Dance: Square Dance

Fish: Northern Pike

Flag: North Dakota's dark blue field displays a bald eagle holding an olive branch and a bundle of arrows in its claws.

Flower: The Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa Blanda or Arkansana) has been identified as Rosa Pratincula in species. The flower sports five bright pink petals with a tight cluster of yellow stamens in the center. The Wild Prairie Rose grows along roadsides, in pastures and in native meadows.

Fossil: Teredo Petrified Wood

Fruit: Chokecherry

Grass: Western Wheatgrass

Great Seal: The North Dakota Great Seal is the state's only symbol that is protected by state law (Section 54-02-01 of the North Dakota Century Code). The description reads as follows: A tree, the american elm, in the open field, the trunk of which is surrounded by three bundles of wheat; on the right a plow, anvil and sledge; on the left, a bow crossed with three arrows, and an Indian on horseback pursuing a buffalo toward the setting sun; the foliage of the tree arched by a half circle of forty-two stars, surrounded by the motto "Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable"; the words "Great Seal" at the top; the words "Great Seal" at the top; the words "State of North Dakota" at the bottom; "October 1st" on the left and "1889" on the right.

Honorary State Equine: Nokota Horse

Language: North Dakota joined other states in a nationwide movement to make English the official language.

March: Flickertail March

Motto: "Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable." Quoted from Daniel Webster's Reply to Hayne.

Nicknames: Peace Garden State, Flickertail State, Roughrider State, Dakota

Song: North Dakota Hymn with words by James W. Foley and music by Dr. C. S. Putnam. Click here to hear the North Dakota Hymn.

State Insect: Convergent Lady Beetle (Lady Bug)

Tree: American Elm