California State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

Who designed the California state flag and when was it adopted?

The original state flag of California was designed by William Todd, nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln. His original “Bear Flag” was very similar to the current state flag today. The flag was officially adopted as the state flag on February 3, 1911.

What is the design on the California state flag and what does it represent?

The state flag of California has a field of white with one red star in the upper left corner (canton) of the flag. Centered on the flag is a grizzly bear, facing left, walking on a patch of green grass. Centered below the grass are the words “CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC”. Running the full length across the of the bottom of the flag is a red stripe. The red star stands for freedom. The grizzly bear represents strength and persistence. The grassy plot symbolizes fertility, vibrance, and prosperity. The red stripe stands for courage and sacrifice and the white background represents purity and peace.

Why does the California state flag say “CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC”?

American settlers in Mexican Alta (upper California) declared a new republic, and this rebellion was called the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846. This was very short lived as it became lost in the Mexican-American War which led to the American conquest of California, and much of what is now part of the western United States. So California was admitted to the Union as the 31st state. California never became an officially recognized independent republic but chose to adopt the flag anyway, so the term “CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC” continues to live on in this way.

Where can I purchase a California state Flag?

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How am I supposed to fly my California flag with my United States Flag?

When flying the California flag with the flag of the United States on the same pole, the flag of United States must always be at the top and the California flag should be the same size or smaller. When It is flown on separate poles, the California flag will be to the right of the flag of the United States situating the U.S. flag in the position of honor, which is to the observer’s left of the other flags.

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