Oregon State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

When was the Oregon state flag adopted and who made it?

The Oregon state flag was adopted in 1925. Much of the Seal of Oregon is central on the flag and it was adopted in 1857. The flag was designed by the Oregon Legislature and first sewn by Marjorie Kennedy and Blanche Cox employees of Meier and Frank department store.

What is the difference in the Oregon flag and other state flags?

The field of the state flag of Oregon is navy blue and all the lettering and designs are gold. The flag face displays the words “STATE OF OREGON” in a wave fashion above a gold shield supported by thirty-three stars. The stars represent Oregon as the thirty-third state to be admitted to the Union. Below the shield is the date “1859” which is the year Oregon joined the Union. The crest of the shield is an American Eagle with its wings spread, symbolizing power, strength, freedom and Oregon’s support of the Union. On the shield is a blazing sun setting over the Pacific Ocean which symbolizes Oregon’s bright future and its rich maritime history and heritage. Beside the sun are mountains, trees and an elk which stand for Oregon’s natural beauty, natural resources, and its rich wildlife. Central on the shield is a covered wagon which represents the Oregon Trail and the adventurous nature of the early settlers coming to the territory. Below the wagon is a banner with the words, “The Union” which shows Oregon’s support for the United States. Below the banner is a plow, a sheaf of wheat and a pickax, which represent Oregon’s early industry, agriculture and mining. On the river are two ships; a departing British man-of-war ship, symbolizing the end of British oppression, and an American trade vessel, representing the beginning of American freedom and rise of American power in Oregon. The reverse side of the flag pictures Oregon’s official state animal – the beaver. Oregon’s nickname is, “The Beaver State”, due to the extreme importance the beaver was to Oregon’s fur-trading opportunities for the early hunters and trappers, and bringing settlers to Oregon. Beaver fur was the raw material for the high quality felt used for hat making. During the early 19th century fur hats were fashionable and Oregon’s streams were an important source of beaver. Millions of hats were made from beaver skins and were the first great American trade commodity. The beaver is a symbol of determination and strong-will.

What are the designs on the Oregon state flag and what do they represent?

The Oregon state flag is the only state flag with a different design on each side. The front side of the flag contains most of the state Seal of Oregon and the back side features a picture of a beaver.

How am I to correctly fly my Oregon flag and my American flag together?

When flying the Oregon and American flag on the same pole, the flag of the United States must always be at the top and the Oregon flag should be the same size or smaller. When It is flown on separate poles, the Oregon 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.

Where can I buy an Oregon state flag?

A great place to purchase an Oregon state flag that is fully made in the USA, is Star Spangled Flags. They are super strong and are treated so they really last out in the bright sunshine and use super stitching to help prevent fraying and unraveling. They have free shipping and come with a customer satisfaction guarantee.

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