There are 50 U.S. states, and each one has a colorful identity. This week’s trivia challenge by Rachelle Marshall, a library assistant at Whitman County Library, tests how many you can identify with a few clues.

The Whitman County Library’s online trivia challenge takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on its Facebook page.

  1. This state’s official bird is the mountain bluebird, flower is the syringa, tree is the western white pine and is nicknamed the Gem State.

  1. This state’s official state bird is the brown pelican, flower is the magnolia and tree is the bald cypress. One of its state songs is “You Are My Sunshine” and it’s the setting for John Grisham’s novel, “The Pelican Brief.”

  1. This state’s official state bird is the meadowlark, flower is the sunflower, tree is the cottonwood and song is “Home on the Range.”

  1. Nicknamed “The Constitution State,” this state’s official state bird is the American robin, flower is the mountain laurel and song is “Yankee Doodle.” It is also the home to several historic lighthouses.

  1. Known as the “Heart of Dixie,” this state’s bird is the yellowhammer and flower is the camellia. It is also where Forrest told Jenny he thought she should go back to in the story “Forrest Gump.”


  1. Idaho. The name is an invented word. Mining lobbyist, George M. Willing, presented it to Congress claiming it was a Native American phrase meaning, “Gem of the Mountains.”

  2. Louisiana. The main character in “The Pelican Brief” was Darby Shaw, a college student who attended Tulane University in New Orleans.

  3. Kansas. “Home on the Range” was written as a poem in 1872 and was originally titled “My Western Home.” It became a catchy tune and was adopted as the Kansas state song in 1947.

  4. Connecticut. There are more than 20 lighthouses in this small coastal state.

  5. Alabama. Alabama is commonly called the “Heart of Dixie” because of its location among the southern states. The slogan came about in the late 1940s as a public relations tool by the Alabama Chamber of Commerce.

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