Idaho State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

When was the flag of Idaho adopted?

The state flag of Idaho was originally adopted by legislature in 1907. The flag contained the State seal, but with only the pictorial information, which left out the words “Great Seal of the State of Idaho”. The was remedied by law in 1927 which ensured the entire Seal, words and pictures would continue to be an element of the State flag. The Great Seal of the State of Idaho was designed by Emma Edwards Green. The Seal was adopted in 1863, then redrawn several times before it was granted statehood in 1890. In 1957, Idaho legislature authorized more updates to improve the Great Seal. These updates were meant to more clearly define Idaho’s main industries, agriculture, mining and forestry and to better highlight the state’s natural beauty, thus resulting in the beauty of the Idaho flag today.

What are all the designs on the Idaho flag and what do they represent?

The flag of the state of Idaho consists of the State Seal of Idaho on a field of blue. On the seal is a woman holding scales and a liberty cap which represents liberty and justice. The man is a miner with his pick and shovel representing the mining industry of Idaho. The woman and man are the same height which portrays the fact that they are considered equal. At the woman’s feet is the state flower, the wild Syringa or Mock Orange. Beside her is ripened wheat which has grown almost as high as her shoulder. The two cornucopias, or horns of plenty, refer to the horticulture resources of Idaho. The elk head above the shield represents Idaho’s protected game animals, the moose and elk. Above the elk’s head is a banner with the State motto in Latin, Esto Perpetua, meaning, “Let it be perpetual” or “It is forever”, suggesting the wish that Idaho may last forever. On the shield the pine tree refers to Idaho’s timber industry. The man plowing and the sheaf below the shield, represent the agriculture resources of Idaho. The river on the bottom of the shield is the Snake or Shoshone River. The white star on the outer ring of the seal, symbolizes Idaho as a new light in the galaxy of states.

Where can I buy a Idaho flag?

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How are you supposed to fly your American flag and your Idaho flag together?

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

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