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Montana Flag on Our Flagpole

Montana – The Treasure State

The flag of the state of Montana consists of the image of the Montanan state seal centered on a blue field.
Within the seal, a plow, shovel, and pick rest in a field in front of the Great Falls of the Missouri River. The ribbon contains the state motto, Oro y plata (Spanish for “Gold and silver”). The current flag was adopted in 1905, and the word “Montana” above the seal was added in 1981. In 1985, the flag was again modified to specify the font used in “Montana:” Helvetica Bold. Before it was adopted as a state flag, it was used by Montana troops deploying for the Spanish/American War.

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US and South Dakota Flags on Our Flagpole

South Dakota – The Mount Rushmore State

The flag of the state of South Dakota the sun represents the common weather in South Dakota. Represents the U.S. state of South Dakota with a field of sky blue charged with a version (in navy blue on white) of the state seal in the center, surrounded by gold triangles representing the sun’s rays, surrounded in turn by inscriptions in gold sans-serif capitals of “south dakota” on top and “the mount rushmore state” (the state nickname) on the bottom. The inscription on the bottom was “the sunshine state” before it was changed in 1992.

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US and North Dakota Flags on Our Flagpole

North Dakota – The Peace Garden State

The design for the flag of the state of North Dakota is an almost exact copy of the unit banner carried by the state’s troop contingent in the Philippine–American War. It was adopted by the North Dakota Legislative Assembly on March 3, 1911, although the color was not precisely specified at that time. Legislation in 1943 brought the flag in line with the original troop banner, which is on display at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The flag also resembles the Great Seal of the United States.

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US and Colorado Flags on Our Flagpole

Colorado – The Centennial State

The flag of the state of Colorado consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width; the top and bottom stripes are blue, and the middle stripe white. On top of these stripes sits a circular red “C”, filled with a golden disk. The blue is meant to represent the skies, the gold stands for the gold rush in the late 19th century, the white represents the snowcapped mountains, and the red represents the ruddy earth.

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Nebraska Flag on Our Flagpole

Nebraska – The Cornhusker State

The flag of the state of Nebraska is a blue rectangular cloth charged with the Nebraskan state seal. The current design was commissioned in 1925, when a bill was passed that the flag would have the Nebraska state seal in gold and silver on a field of national blue.

The seal is the same seal as originally designed in 1867; however, there were bills introduced to change the seal. The most spoken about attempted change of the state seal was created by the architect of the Nebraska State Capitol, Bertram Goodhue, but it failed to pass the legislature. The official designation of the design as the state flag occurred in 1963; Nebraska was one of the last states to adopt an official flag.

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US and Nevada Flags on Our Flagpole

Nevada – The Silver State

The flag of the U.S. state of Nevada consists of a cobalt blue field with a variant of the state’s emblem in the upper left hand corner. The emblem contains a silver star, a reference to the state’s nickname, The Silver State, below which appears the state’s name. Above the star is a golden-yellow scroll with the words “Battle Born”, one of the state’s mottos, in reference to Nevada becoming a state during the American Civil War. Below the star and state name are two sprays of green sagebrush, the state flower, with yellow flowers.

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US and West Virginia Flags on Our Flagpole

West Virginia – The Mountain State

The flag design ratified in 1907 remained the state’s official flag until 1929. The state of West Virginia sought a flag design that could be produced inexpensively so that the state flag could be mass-produced for the state’s public schools. The 1907 flag proved to be more costly to reproduce due to the two different symbols on each side of the banner, the state’s coat of arms on the obverse and the state’s flower on the reverse. The West Virginia Legislature decided the state flag should be stamped with a design that would integrate both the coat of arms and the state flower on both sides. The design of the present state flag was officially adopted by the West Virginia Legislature on March 7, 1929, by West Virginia Senate Joint Resolution Number 18.

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US and Kansas Flags on Our Flagpole

Kansas – The Sunflower State

The flag of the state of Kansas was adopted in 1927. The elements of the state flag include the state seal and a sunflower. This original design was modified in 1961 to add the name of the state at the bottom of the flag.
The official flag of Kansas is represented by a dark-blue silk rectangle representing Kansas arranged horizontally with the state seal aligned in the center. Above the seal is a sunflower which sits over a bar of gold and light blue. Below the seal is printed the name of the state “KANSAS”.

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US and Oregon Flags on Our Flagpole

Oregon – The Beaver State

The flag field is navy blue with all lettering and symbols in gold, representing the state colors of Oregon. On the obverse, the legend STATE OF OREGON is written above an escutcheon, which also appears in the Oregon state seal. The shield is surrounded by 33 stars, representing Oregon’s admission to the Union as the 33rd state. Below the shield is written 1859, the year in which Oregon became a state.
Oregon’s flag is the last remaining state flag in the U.S. in which the obverse and reverse sides have different designs. Paraguay is the only country that still has a two-sided flag. Two-sided flags were previously more common, but have been reduced due to increased costs of manufacturing a flag with two different designs. On the reverse of the flag is a depiction, also in gold, of a beaver, the state animal of Oregon.

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US and Minnesota Flags on Our Flag Pole

Minnesota – The North Star State

The flag is rectangular, and consists of a design on a medium blue background. According to the official statute, the flag contains a thin gold border and gold fringe, however, this is rarely used. A white circle in the center contains the word MINNESOTA across the bottom, four groups of four stars and one group of three stars spread out evenly around the edge, and designs from the state seal in the center. The star at the top symbolizes the North Star. The design in the center is surrounded by pink-and-white lady’s slippers, the state flower. The border also contains the dates 1819 (founding of Fort Snelling), 1858 (date of statehood), and 1893 (adoption of first flag).

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