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The Oregon State Flag
The blue State Flag of Oregon proudly displays its name over a gold image of the state seal. The seal depicts the image of a protective eagle over pictures representing the state and symbols important to its history and early economy. It serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. There is a strict Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Date entered the Union: 1859
Oregon is the 33rd state
Date the flag was adopted:1925


Facts on the Oregon State Flag Etiquette
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the Oregon Flag:

Oregon State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 33rd state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Beaver State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Oregon flag may be flown at night when properly lighted

Fact 4: The flagpole must be at least two and one-half times as long as the Oregon flag

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Oregon State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. Oregon State car flags are used by their owners as mobile emblems of their home. Car flags are usually made from strong materials and are attached to a car via a pole and clip window attachment.

History, Description, Colors and Symbols of the Oregon State Flag
The Oregon flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the "Beaver State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the Oregon State Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the Oregon State Flag are as follows:

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Capital of Oregon: Salem
Date of Statehood:
14 February 1859
(33rd state)
"Beaver State"
Oregon Flag Ratio: 3:5

Picture of seal on Oregon flag

What is the design of the Oregon state flag?  
 The obverse (front) design is a field of blue containing a gold image of the Seal of Oregon. The reverse side features a picture of a beaver.
 Oregon has the only state flag with a different design on each side
What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
 The color blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
 The color gold is a symbol of the sun, generosity and wealth
What does the beaver symbolize?
 The Beaver is the official state animal of Oregon. The beaver was extremely important to the economy of the pioneering days of Oregon when the beaver was at the heart of the fur trade in the Northwest. The beaver symbolizes determination and strong-will
 Beaver fur was the raw material for a high quality felt that was used for hat making. Million of hats were made from beaver skins and were the first great American trade commodity.
  Continental Beaver HatD'Orsay Beaver Hat
  Continental Beaver HatD'Orsay Beaver Hat
What does the date symbolize on the Oregon flag?
 The date 1859 represents the date that Oregon entered the Union
What do the stars symbolize?

The heart-shaped shield is surrounded by 33 stars indicating that Oregon is the 33rd state to join the Union


According to the ancient laws of heraldry a star symbolizes honor, achievement and hope.

What do the images on the seal symbolize on the Oregon flag?
 The pictures depicted on the seal are protected by the eagle at the top and show the mountains and forests of the state, an elk, a covered wagon, the Pacific Ocean with the setting sun, a British man-of-war ship and an American merchant ship

The British man-of-war symbolizes the departure of British influence in the region and an arriving American merchant ship symbolizing the rise of American power.


The Conestoga covered wagon represents the early pioneers and settlers


The sheaf, a plow, and a pickaxe represent the early industries of mining and agriculture that were important to the early economy of the state

What is the shape and flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
 The ratio of the Oregon flag is 3:5 meaning it is 3 units tall for every 5 units wide.
Who designed the Oregon State Flag?
 The name of the designers of the seal which features so strongly on the flag were Benjamin F. Burch, LaFayette Grover and James K. Kelly
What is the history of the Oregon State Flag? 
 1843-1848: The provisional government (1843-1848) used a simple seal with three bundles of wheat and a salmon under the banner "Oregon.”
 1859: The design of the seal changed to include the elements of the current seal

The flag was designed in response to a postmaster’s request for an official flag to send to Washington, D.C., to be displayed with the other state flags.

When was the Oregon State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted April 15, 1925
The Oregon flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

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