States’ Rights

West Yellowstone, Montana

So far we’ve stayed in Homer in seven states: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. By the end of the year, we plan to add two more: Utah and Arizona.

It has been interesting to see how different each of the states are in how and what they communicate.

What is our state about?

Each state has their own motto, nickname, and seal:

Arizona: Ditat deus (God enriches-Latin) * The Grand Canyon State

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Idaho: Esto perpetual (Let it be perpetual perpetual-Latin) * The Gem State

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Montana: Oro y plata (Gold and silver-Latin) * The Treasure State

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North Dakota: Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable / Strength from the soil * The Peace Garden  State

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Oregon: The Union and Alis volat propriis (She flies with her own wings-Latin) * The Beaver State

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South Dakota: Under God the people rule * Mount Rushmore State

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Utah: Industry * The Beehive State

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Washington: Al-ki (By and by-Chinook) * The Evergreen State

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Wyoming: Equal rights * The Equality or Cowboy State

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My personal favorites?

Motto: Oregon — She flies with her own wings.

Nickname: Montana — The Treasure State

Seal: Montana 

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How Can We Make Drivers Pay Attention?

Some states indicate automobile fatalities with a special sign. Here are Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming signs:

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download (9)I’m curious to know if the markers help. For me, I was shocked how many there were at first. Then I became more and more curious about how the accident happened. But maybe that’s just me…

2 thoughts on “States’ Rights”

  1. I remember all those white crosses in Montana and at that point I don’t think there was a speed limit in Montana. Are there even more white crosses with texting?

    And I had no idea other states marked auto fatality spots too.

    1. Not sure about the statistics, Carol.

      South Dakota’s say THINK on one side and WHY DIE on the other. Seems kind of odd that they want you to read while you’re driving…

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