Utah State Motto and Emblem

Utah State Motto & Emblem

Utah's Motto

"Industry" officially became the State Motto on March 4, 1959. It was adopted by the Legislature of the State of Utah as House Bill No. 35. Industry is associated with the symbol of the beehive. The early pioneers had few material resources at their disposal and therefore had to rely on their own "industry" to survive. The word "industry" appears on both the State Seal and the State Flag.

Although "industry" was not officially made Utah's motto until 1959, it has been the "unofficial" motto for numerous years. In the first session of the state legislature (1896), the state seal was fully described and the word "Industry" was prominently
displayed thereon.

Utah's Emblem

The beehive became the official state emblem on March 4, 1959. It was adopted by the Legislature of the State of Utah as
House Bill No. 34. Utahns relate the beehive symbol to industry and the pioneer virtues of thrift and perseverance. The beehive was chosen as the emblem for the provisional State of Deseret in 1848 and was maintained on the seal of the State of Utah when Utah became a state in 1896.

The Beehive is omnipresent as a symbol in Utah history. It appeared as early as 1851 on the seal of the Territory of Utah. It was readopted on the state seal by the first state legislature in 1896. The origin of the Beehive as a symbol is associated with Mormon scripture. The symbol is prominently displayed in names and trademarks throughout the state. But not until 1959, did it become Utah's official emblem.

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