Thanks to all of our efforts, there are bees everywhere—including the history, monuments, charters and signage of many locations. Here are just a few readers have shared with us.
Utah: Readers let us know that there are hives on many of the state’s road signs, so we sought an explanation for that, and found that the state is rich with a bee history.
According to the website takemytrip.com, “a pair of beehives stands guard over the steps that lead up to the capitol’s front entrance. If you’ve made it this far into Utah, by now you know that the beehive symbol is everywhere—on the flag, the state seal, road signs, etc. The beehive is a symbol of industry, perseverance, thrift, stability, and self-reliance. It also has its roots in the LDS faith: the honeybee in the Book of Mormon was named Deseret, and the first name given to the territory now known as Utah was “the State of Deseret”.
Bee City, USA—Asheville, North Carolina: Asheville officially became the first Bee City USA™ in June 2012. As the website states “This is no surprise given the great number of beekeepers, pollinators and biodiversity in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. We have some of the largest bee clubs and best winter and natural bee schools in the nation. To top it off, Asheville is home to The Center for Honeybee Research.”
Any city may become a Bee City; we hope many more do. What makes a city a “Bee City?” As they state “it’s a policy of planting bee-friendly plants on city and state right-of-ways, making recommendations to private developers, limiting the use of pesticides, and promoting a sustainable environment for the future of all our pollinators. What helps the bees, helps us all.”
Schoolcraft, Michigan: This southwest Michigan village’s first settler, Bazel Harrison, was a character in James Fenimore Cooper’s 1848 frontier novel The Oak Openings, known as “The Bee Keeper”. The village’s logo features a hive because of that, and because it is a symbol reflecting this hard-working community’s industriousness.