Oregon Oregon State Flag

The Oregon flag was formally adopted on April 15, 1925. Since, Oregon has maintained the same flag for the last 93 years.

The Oregon flag was voted 47th best out of 51 Flags ranked by the North American Vexillological Association.

The 2 main colors in the Oregon flag are #002A86 and #FFEA0F. The Oregon flag width is 1.7 times the height. Standard flag size is 3 feet x 5.1 feet.

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Oregon Flag

The Oregon State Flag. Adopted by State Legislature on April 15, 1925.

Colors

#002A86 88.2%
#FFEA0F 9.4%
Percentage totals may not equal 100. Colors with less than 1 percent are ignored.

Description

The Oregon state flag is a rarity in that it is one of very few to have images on both sides. The front of the Oregon flag features a gold shield containing the state’s coat of arms while the back depicts a golden beaver. Both designs are set against a bold navy blue field.

The front of the Oregon flag is bursting with important Oregon history. Above the shield are the words, “State of Oregon” and below is the year 1859; its year of statehood.

Sitting on top of the heart shaped seal is the American Golden Eagle with wings spread over the image below. Thirty three stars spread from the eagle’s wing tips around the seal representing that Oregon was the thirty third state to enter the Union.

Inside the seal you can see the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, mountains, forests, a plow, wheat, pickax, ships, an elk and a wagon.

When used for dress or parade occasions the Oregon state flag is trimmed with gold fringe.

Meaning

The elk represents Oregon’s abundant wildlife while the forests and wagon show the natural resources and splendor of the early settlers there. The plow, sheaf of wheat and pickax signify the early agriculture and mining in the state.

The two ships, one belonging to the United States and one a British Man-O-War, vary in meaning depending on who you ask. Some say they signify the departing of a British influence in Oregon so America’s power could emerge. Others claim that they depict both Great Britain’s and the United States’ claims on Oregon. Whatever the truth is, it does appear as though the British ship is leaving while the United States ship arrives. You can decide for yourself!

On the reverse of the Oregon state flag is the beaver, which due to its abundance in Oregon’s rivers and popularity in the 19th century for its fur, became the state’s animal.

History

The flag itself was officially adopted in 1925 when a postmaster requested an official flag sent to Washington DC to be displayed in a grouping of the 50 state flags. The original was sewn by department store seamstresses and went on to be displayed at East Oregon University.


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