Lately, we’ve been acting more like the Divided States of America than the united ones. As this global pandemic sweeps across our country, it’s more important now than ever that we band together to squash this threat to our health and way of life.
It’s with that spirit in mind that, for the next 50 (plus) days, we're paying tribute, Fifty Nifty style, to each state (and territory) in our country. We’re all in this together, and together we will get through this. Stay strong, everyone, and hold the line.
Statehood: Dec. 14, 1819 (22)
Nicknames: Yellowhammer State, Heart of Dixie
State Bird: Yellowhammer
State Tree: Southern Longleaf Pine
State Flower: Camellia
State Animal: American Black Bear
State Fruit: Blackberry
State Song: “Alabama” (1931)
Trivia: The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is hosted in Montgomery and is the sixth largest Shakespeare festival in the U.S. and thirteenth largest in the world.
Released from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1974 album, Second Helping, “Sweet Home Alabama” was written as a response to Neil Young’s “Alabama” and “Southern Man.” The song reached No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100 and became the band’s second hit single.
Statehood: Jan. 3, 1959 (49)
Nicknames: The Last Frontier, Land of the Midnight Sun
State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
State Tree: Sitka Spruce
State Flower: Forget-Me-Not
State Animal: Moose
State Fish: Giant King Salmon
State Song: “Alaska’s Flag” (1959)
Trivia: Alaska is the largest state, by land mass, in the union. Juneau is the second-largest city in the U.S. and is bigger (land-wise) than both Rhode Island and Delaware.
Fun Fact Rumor: We heard that Alaskans refer to anything medium-sized as “Texas-sized.” It’s their way of jabbing Texans for being so boastful about the size of their state.
"North to Alaska" was recorded by Johnny Horton and released in 1960 for the movie, North to Alaska, starring John Wayne. The song plays over the opening credits and gives the backstory of the film. It hit the top spot on Billboard Hot Country and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100.
Statehood: Feb. 14, 1912 (48)
Nicknames: The Grand Canyon State, The Copper State, The Valentine State
State Bird: Cactus Wren
State Tree: Palo Verde
State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
State Animal: Ring-Tailed Cat
State Reptile: Arizona Ridge-Nosed Rattlesnake
State Song: “The Arizona March Song” (1919), "Arizona" (1981)
Trivia: Arizona is home to Grand Canyon National Park, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
It is also home to the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the United States.
“Arizona” was written and performed by Rex Allen, Jr. and included on his 1981 album, Cats in the Cradle. Arizona state legislature designated the tune as the alternate state song in 1982.
Statehood: June 15, 1836 (25)
Capital: Little Rock
Nicknames: The Natural State
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Tree: Pine Tree
State Flower: Apple Blossom
State Animal: White-Tailed Deer
State Dance: Square Dance
State Song: “Oh, Arkansas” (1986)
Trivia: The State’s fruit and vegetable is the South Arkansas vine ripe pink tomato.
Fun Fact: In 1881, a dispute had arisen between the state's two senators over the pronunciation of Arkansas. One favored AR-ken-saw while the other preferred Ar-KAN-zes. The state legislature ruled with the former and defined the official pronunciation of Arkansas as having a silent "s" at the end. Today, Arkansans often use both pronunciations.
“Here in Arkansas” was written by Candy Lee and submitted to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism 2014 Song of Arkansas contest. It appears on Lee’s album, Human Conditions (2014).
Statehood: Sept. 9, 1850 (31)
Nicknames: The Golden State
State Bird: California Quail
State Tree: Coast Redwood & Giant Sequoia
State Flower: California Poppy
State Animal: California Grizzly Bear
State Motto: “Eureka!”
State Song: “I Love You California” (1913)
Trivia: California’s economy is the largest sub-national economy in the world. If Cali were a country, it would be the fifth-largest economy in the world (larger than the UK, France, and India).
Fun Fact: California’s state sport is surfing.
From her 1971 album Blue, “California” was written by Joni Mitchell and released as a follow-up to “Carey.” Mitchell wrote “California” while living in France. James Taylor played the guitar on the original recording, and Wilson Phillips covered the song on their 2004 album, California.
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