ASK A TROOPER
Q: Would you tell me the significance of the color Maroon for the Minnesota State Patrol please? I travel around all over and never saw another agency with this as their primary color for uniform or squad car. A: The Minnesota State Patrol was created in 1929.
The original trooper uniform was a long gray coat, riding boots, grey knee-high pants and eight-corner hat. It was replaced by maroon and gold uniforms. The change was made in 1934 to honor the University of Minnesota football national championship team. (The Golden Gophers were national football champions 1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, and 1960.)
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