The flag of Iowa features a similar color scheme as that of the American flag. With the exception of the eagle, it consists of red, white and blue. You can find the Iowa flag displayed throughout the Hawkeye State. Even if you’ve seen it, though, you might be surprised to learn the five following facts about the Iowa flag.
#1) Adopted in 1921
For nearly a century after being added to the United States, Iowa didn’t have an official flag. Most states, of course, adopted an official flag shortly after being added to the United States, but Iowa did not. It wasn’t until the beginning of World War I when a design was requested. And in 1921, Iowa officially adopted a flag.
#2) Designed By Dixie Cornell Gebhardt
The Iowa flag was designed by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt. Gebhardt was a state regent who later served as the secretary of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Iowa branch. In 1917, Iowa’s governor requested a design. Gebhardt later came up the design, which was accepted by the governor.
#3) The Design Has Never Changed
The official design for the Iowa flag has never changed. Some state flags have gone through two or three design changes. Others have gone through even more design changes. Ever since the Iowa flag was adopted in 1921, though, it has continued to use the same design. The Iowa flag depicts an eager flying over a streamer with the state’s official motto: “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” And it features a color scheme consisting of red, white and blue.
#4) The Colors Are Symbolic
Some people assume that the Iowa flag’s colors represent those of the American flag. While both flags feature the same color scheme, the Iowa flag’s colors have different symbolism. Gebhardt chose blue to symbolize loylaty, justice and truth. She chose red to symbolize courage. And Gerbhardt chose white to symbolize purity.
#5) Gebhardt Was Dubbed ‘Iowa’s Betsy Ross’
Iowa’s governor referred to Gebhardt was “Iowa’s Betsy Ross.” This is a reference, of course, to Ross’ role in the American flag. During the American Revolution, Ross created one of the first American flags. This early version American flag featured 13 red and white stripes and 13 stars.
For many years, Iowa was one of several states that didn’t have an official flag. Gebhardt, however, created an official flag for Iowa in the early 1920s.