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1 Alabama Authorities differ on the reason why Alabama is nicknamed the Yellowhammer State The term originated during the Civil War as a reference to soldiers from the state serving the Confederacy Either because the state confederate troops stuck yellowhammer feathers in their caps or because their uniforms which had been home-dry gray had a yellowish tinge Some other nicknames were the Cotton Plantation State the Camellia State and the Lizard State The Heart of Dixie is a more recent designation for Alabama 2 Alaska Its nickname is the Land of the Midnight Sun and Americas Last Frontier It was once labeled Sewards folly and Sewards icebox in ridicule of the secretary of state that negotiated the purchase of what was considered a liability 3 Arizona Arizonas nickname is the Grand Canyon State after the spectacular gorge in the northern part of the state Other nicknames have been the Copper State the Apache State the Aztec State and the Italy of America for its mountains the Baby State and the Valentine State because it was the last state in the Union when it was admitted on Feb 14th 1912 4 Arkansas The state legislature adopted the official nickname Land of Opportunity because of the future outlook for the development of business industry and agriculture Other nicknames were the Toothpick state an allusion to the knives the Hot Water State for its hot springs and the Guinea Pig State for its willingness to be used as a proving ground for government experiments in agriculture during the 1930s 5 California The nickname Golden State comes from its golden poppies which is also the state flower Another reason California received this nickname was because of the gold discovery there in 1848 which made California one of the leading industrial states in mining 6 Colorado As a state Colorado is comparatively young Because it joined the Union in 1876 just 100 years after the signing
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