Been There Ornament – Alabama

Starbucks Been There Ornament Alabama has green string and these design elements:
– The cotton state – in fact Alabama ranks between eighth and tenth in national cotton production
– The yellow-shafted flicker a.k.a “yellowhammer”, state bird.
– Military plane – probably related to Maxwell Air Force Base. This base is the headquarters of Air University (AU), a major component of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), and is the U.S. Air Force’s center for Joint Professional Military Education (PME).
– Noccalula Falls – a 90-foot waterfall located in Gadsden… Read more

Been There Ornament – Arizona

For some obvious reasons, the central part on the front of Starbucks Been There Ornament Arizona is given to The Grand Canyon – known for its visually overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape. It attracts millions of tourists each year, and is one of the well known symbols of US. What else?
– Baseball bat – Arizona is a popular location for Major League Baseball spring training, as it is the site of the Cactus League
– Lizard – this one doesn’t look like any of Arizona lizards: Gila Monster, Chuckwalla Lizard or Horned Toad
– The Sand Hill state nickname, not used anymore and is possibly a reference to Yuma County.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Arkansas

Here’s Starbucks Been There Ornament Arkansas and this is what we can see on the front of it:
– The Wonder State – this nickname served the state of Arkansas as the official nickname from 1923 to 1947. This name was adopted by concurrent resolution of the legislature to promote Arkansas’ abundance of natural resources and to replace the nickname, the Bear State, which was so widely in use and, it was feared, gave a false impression of the state.
– Mockingbird – Arkansas State Bird since 1929.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Iowa

Starbucks Been There Ornament Iowa comes with green string and the following design items:
– Corndog – I guess these are popular in Iowa
– Barn and water tower – probably symbolizing countryside
– Corncob – Iowa is the biggest corn producer in the US
– American Goldfinch – is Iowa’s state bird
– Hot air balloon for National Balloon Classic – an annual event in Indianola.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Massachusetts

Starbucks Been There Ornament Massachusetts comes with sky blue string. There are not that many design elements on the front of the mug:
– “The Spirit of America”, a Massachusetts license plate slogan, initially a tourism jingle during the 1980s
– Boston cream pie is a yellow butter cake that is filled with custard or cream and topped with chocolate glaze
– Trailing arbutus – state flower.
– Basketball net and ball – this sports game was invented by gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield in 1981
– Whale for whale watching – popular touristic attraction from Boston down to Cape Cod… Read more

Been There Ornament – Connecticut

Here’s Starbucks Been There Ornament Connecticut. It has blue string and for the mug, designers used orange and blue colors. What do we see on the front:
– Lifering, a.k.a. lifebuoy – I am not exactly sure how is it related to Connecticut. An interesting fact though, it is believed it was Leonardo da Vinci who invented it.
– The Connecticut State Capitol, located in Hartford, houses the Connecticut General Assembly; the upper house, the State Senate, and lower house, the House of Representatives, as well as the office of the Governor of the State of Connecticut.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Maryland

Starbucks Been There Ornament Maryland mug has red string. What else:
– Ship’s wheel, sailboat, small crab and The Chesapeake State nickname – all these refer to Maryland being the home to Chesapeake Bay – 200 miles long estuary (a partially enclosed coastal body of brackish water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea)
– The official flag of the State of Maryland consists of the 17th century heraldic banner with the colors and shield from the coat-of-arms of the Calvert-Crossland families of Sir George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore.… Read more

Been There Ornament – California

Here’s The Golden State, Starbucks Been There Ornament California. The reason for this nickname is the discovery of gold in 1848 which had a dramatic effect on California’s economy, allowing it to grow rapidly from ex-Mexican territory, to becoming a free state of US in 1950. Unfortunately there was also the downside of this. Whole indigenous societies were attacked and pushed off their lands by the gold-seekers, called “forty-niners” (referring to 1849, the peak year for Gold Rush immigration).
I can also see a giant surf board and an ocean wave since surfing is very popular water-sport in California.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Oklahoma

Here’s Starbucks Been There Ornament Oklahoma mug. It has green string and following design of the front:
– Wildlife of Oklahoma: American bison, prairie dog and some non-identified bird (doesn’t look like Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Oklahoma’s state bird)
– The Oklahoma state flag which honors more than 60 groups of Native Americans and their ancestors
– Great Plains State Park, located near the city of Mountain Park, offers water sports, boating, boat ramps, camping, RV parking, swimming beach, playground, picnic areas, cycling, mountain biking and hiking trails
– Route 66 sign.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Missouri

A big portion of the front of Starbucks Been There Ornament Missouri mug is occupied by train. My guess this is related to Missouri Pacific Railroad, which was one of the first railroads in the United States west of the Mississippi River. Also:
– Stamp with a horseshoe – I think that’s for the Pony Express, which was a mail service delivering messages, newspapers, and mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California.
– Ship’s wheel – marks the legendary steamboat era on the Missouri River
– White Hawthorn Blossom – state’s official flower… Read more

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