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5 Facts About the Flag of Colorado

The great state of Colorado has an official flag. It features a colorful design consisting of blue, gold, white and red. Each of these colors symbolizes a specific element of the Centennial State. Whether you live in Colorado or elsewhere, you may want to display the flag of Colorado. Before doing so, however, there are a few things you should know about it.

#1) Third Version

This is the third version of the Colorado flag. There have been two other versions, the first of which was adopted in 1907. Just four years later, the Colorado General Assembly adopted the second version of the Colorado flag. The second version is strikingly similar to the current, third version. They both feature three horizontal stripes, and they both have the letter “C” within the second stripe. The current and third version simply has a larger “C” than its predecessor.

#2) Symbolism of Colors

What do the colors in the Colorado flag symbolize exactly? The blue symbolizes Colorado’s clear skies. The gold symbolizes Colorado’s sunshine. The white, not surprisingly, symbolizes Colorado’s snowy mountains. Finally, the red symbolizes Colorado’s reddish soil. These colors are carefull[y selected because of their symbolism and relevance to Colorado.

#3) Designed By Andrew Carson

The Colorado state flag was designed by Andrew Carson. Reports show that the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sought proposals for a new Colorado flag in the early 1900s. At the time, Colorado had adopted the first version of its flag. The DAR wanted a more meaningful flag for the Centennial State, so they sought proposals from the public. Andrew Carson submitted a design, which the DAR selected as the winner.

#4) Ranked 16th Most Popular

With its simple yet colorful design, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the Colorado flag is popular. A survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) found that it’s the 16th most popular flag in North America. Considering that there are 72 flags, that’s an impressive feat.  The Colorado flag is popular because of its simple yet colorful design that symbolizes different aspects of the state.

#5) Used in Highway Markers

When driving through Colorado, you may notice the state’s flag included in highway markers. The design is commonly found in highway markers. Highway markers, of course, are highway signs. Many of Colorado’s highway markers consist of the highway number at the bottom and the state’s flag at the top.

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