She Flies With Her Own Wings

Oregon State Motto


Oregon geology and topography map

Oregon geology and topography map courtesy USGS: A tapestry of Time and Terrain.

Official State Motto of Oregon

Oregon designated "She Flies With Her Own Wings" as the official state motto in 1987, replacing "The Union" (adopted in 1957, and still appears on the state seal). All State Mottos

The phrase originated with Judge Jessie Quinn Thornton (1810-1888), a Supreme Court Justice of the Provisional Government of Oregon, and appeared on the territorial seal in Latin: "Alis Volat Propriis."



Territorial seal of Oregon featuring Oregon's state motto in Latin; "Alis Volat Propriis" (public domain image on Wikipedia).

Territorial seal of Oregon

The state of Oregon USA (public domain image).

Oregon USA


Evolution of Oregon