State of Oregon

Flag (front) Flag of Oregon (front)
Flag (back) Flag of Oregon (back)
Description A two-sided flag of navy blue.  On the front (obverse) is the text STATE OF OREGON at the top and 1859 (the year Oregon was admitted to the union as the 33rd state) at the bottom, with the “escutcheon” (the shield and decorations) from the state seal, in gold.  On the back (reverse) is a figure of the state animal, the beaver, also in gold.
Designed by The designer of the flag is unknown. The state seal was designed by surveyor Harvey Gordon in 1857.
Adopted 26 February 1925
Links Oregon Blue Book: State Symbols: Flag
Oregon Blue Book: State Symbols: Seal
Merriam-Webster’s Atlas: Oregon

Note:  The flag ranked 62nd out of 72 in a survey on state, provincial, and territorial flag design conducted by the North American Vexillological Association in 2001.  The flag designs of only 10 states ranked lower.

The Oregonian newspaper sponsored an effort in late 2008 and early 2009 to redesign the flag.  It received around 2,500 entries, and asked readers to vote among the best 10.  While a winner was declared, the governor and legislature were not interested in any change.


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