The State of Ohio has had an official seal for more than 150 years. Over that time period, the Ohio government has modified the seal. The current state seal became official in 1996.
The seal illustrates Ohio's diverse geography. In the background stands Mount Logan, in modern-day Ross County, Ohio. Separating Mount Logan from the rest of the seal is the Scioto River. In the foreground, a freshly harvested wheat field exists. In the field, there stands a wheat bushel, illustrating Ohio's important contributions to and traditional dependence upon agriculture. Next to the wheat bushel stands seventeen arrows that resemble the wheat bushel. The seventeen arrows represent Ohio's Indians as well as the fact that Ohio was the seventeenth state to join the United States of America. At the top of the seal is the Sun, with thirteen rays protruding outwards. The thirteen rays represent the original thirteen colonies that rebelled against Great Britain during the American Revolution. Early versions of the seal also had a canal boat, but the modern-day version removed this item.
It appears that the idea for the original Ohio seal originated during the early 1800s. According to many scholars, the seal was based on the eastern view from Thomas Worthington's home, Adena, located near modern-day Chillicothe. Worthington was Ohio's first United States senator and also served as the sixth governor of the state. Today, Adena is a museum operated by the Ohio Historical Society.


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