Utah State Motto


State Motto and Seal of Utah

Adopted on March 4, 1959.

Language: English

Focus: Progress and Prosperity

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See Utah State Seal

"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 State Motto

The states with mottos that focus on the Progress and Prosperity:Utah State Emblem: Beehive

  1. New York: "Excelsior"
  2. Oklahoma: "Labor omnia vincit"
  3. Utah: "Industry"

The beehive became the official state emblem on March 4, 1959. 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.

Utah Law

The law designating the official Utah state motto is found in the Utah Code, Title 63, Chapter 13, Section 63-13-5.5

Title 63 - State Affairs in General.
Chapter 13 - Miscellaneous Provisions.
Section 63-13-5.5.

63-13-5.5. State symbols.
(20) Utah's state motto is "Industry."

Amended by Chapter 152, 2003 General Session

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