Been There Ornament – West Virginia

Starbucks Been There Ornament West Virginia has grey string and many small elements on the front of the mug.
– Mountains with the skier going downhill – West Virginia is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountains with Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County being the largest winter resort in the Mid-Atlantic region
– the snake – I could not find any information if there are any special snakes in WV (not found anywhere else)
– The Rhododendron maximum, or great laurel which is the state flower of West Virginia, selected on January 29, 1903
– wood logs – logging was popular in WV in 1800s.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Indiana

Starbucks Been There Ornament Indiana mug has red string. It’s official motto can be seen on the front – The crossroads of America. What else:
– The covered bridge – probably related to Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. Parke County is the county with the most covered bridges – 31.
– the bag of popcorn – I believe this is related to “Popcorn Indiana”, which is the brand of popcorn founded in 2002
– the peony – Indiana state flower… Read more

Been There Ornament – Wyoming

Here’s Starbucks Been There Ornament Wyoming. It has a yellow string and is kind of rare since Wyoming is a pretty remote state and doesn’t have many Starbucks stores. From the front of the mug:
– Flaming Gorge Reservoir – which is formed by Flaming Gorge Dam. The dam was built between 1958 and 1964 on the Green River.
– The cutthroat trout – is the state fish of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
– The bull rider – probably related to Cheyenne Frontier Days which is claimed to be the “World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Western Celebration.”
– Black Bear, grey wolf and American bison – are wild animals common to Wyoming … Read more

Been There Ornament – Ohio

The latest addition to BTO family – Starbucks Been There Ornament Ohio. From the front:
– Cuyahoga River was so polluted in 60s that it “caught fire” once (1969)
– The Ohio Burgee – Ohio’s swallowtail flag is the only non-rectangular U.S. state flag. It was adopted in 1902
– The football helmet – am pretty sure this is related to the Ohio League which was an informal association of American football clubs active between 1902 and 1919. It is the direct predecessor to the modern National Football League (NFL).… Read more

Been There Ornament – Wisconsin

The cow from the Starbucks Been There Ornament Wisconsin is pretty cute. There are also:
– cheeses – Wisconsin is probably one of the largest cheese-producing states in the US. Here is the quote from New York Times article: “Cheese is the state’s history, its pride, its self-deprecating, sometimes goofy, cheese head approach to life”.
– apples – this is because apple is the leading fruit crop in the state
– beer – that’s for Milwaukee, the “Brew City” and the home of the four greats (Pabst, Miller, Schlitz, and Blatz)… Read more

Been There Ornament – Colorado

The brand new Starbucks Been There Ornament Colorado has light blue string and the inside. What’s seen on the front of the mug:
two small oil pumpjacks
The flag of the state of Colorado
the “Centennial State” nickname. It is because Colorado became a state a century after the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Colorado Bighorn – is a species of sheep specific to this particular region
– some kind for spruce or fir, which is the only green element on the mug.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Houston

Here’s another mini mug from Texas, this time it’s Starbucks Been There Ornament Houston. The color palette is green and brown while string is green. What do we see here:
Magnolia City is one of the earliest of Houston’s many nicknames.
a horseshoe – referring to ranchers
an oil rig – since the economy of Houston is based primarily on the energy industry, particularly oil
Houston City Hall – constructed during 1938 and 1939
I would like to specifically mention the Starbucks cup, which is supposed to be found on each of the mugs from Been There series.… Read more

Been There Ornament – Oregon

Starbucks Been There Ornament Oregon is the fresh release from West Coast. The string is green. I was able to identify the following elements on the front:
Flag of Oregon – which became official on February 26, 1925
Multnomah Falls – a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet and a lower falls of 69 feet, with a gradual 9 foot drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet
Haystack Rock – 235-foot sea stack in Cannon Beach
An old wagon – is a reference to Oregon Trail – a 2,170-mile historic East–West wagon route and emigrant trail that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon… Read more

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