5 Fun Facts About the Flag of Ohio

Have you come across the Ohio flag? The Buckeye State has an official state. It features white stars against a blue background and alternating red-and-white stripes against a white background, which of course is similar to the American flag. The Ohio flag, however, only features 17 stars and five stripes. To learn more about the Ohio flag, keep reading.

#1) Known as the Ohio Burgee

The Ohio flag has its own name: the Ohio Burgee. Many residents throughout the Buckeye State and abroad refer to it as the Ohio Burgee. The use of a nickname isn’t exclusive to the Ohio flag. Other state flags have their respective nickname. Nonetheless, the Ohio flag is commonly referred to as the Ohio Burgee.

#2) Adopted in 1902

The official Ohio state flag has been around for over a century. It was adopted on May 8, 1902. Ohio, of course, was a state long before the adoption of its official flag. It wasn’t until 1902 when Ohio State Representative William McKinnon passed a bill designing an official flag for the Buckeye State.

#3) Triangle Shape

A distinguishing feature of the Ohio state flag is its shape. All other official state flags have a rectangular shape. The Ohio flag is different because it’s the only official state flag to have a triangular shape. This is essentially why it’s known as the Ohio Burgee. A burgee is a triangular-shaped flag that’s flown on ships. The Ohio flag features this same triangular, pennant-like shape, thus leading to the nickname of the Ohio Burgee.

#4) Requires a Special Folding Method

Because of its triangular shape, the Ohio flag requires a special folding method. It can’t be folded like other state flags, nor can it be folded like the American flag. All other flags have a rectangular shape, so they use the same folding method. The Ohio flag features a triangular shape that requires an alternative folding method. Ohio lawmakers have designated a special folding method for the flag. It consists of 17 individual folds, and it involves two people. Using this method, the Ohio flag can be properly folded in a neat and orderly fashion.

#5) Triangles Represent Steep Hills

The triangles in the Ohio flag represent steep hills. On the Eastern side of the Buckeye State is hilly terrain. In the Ohio state flag, you’ll see several triangles. It features a triangular shape as well as triangles included in its design. All of these triangles represent the steep hills with which Ohio’s terrain is commonly associated.