Billings, Montana, City Flag

Dec 29th, 2017


Billings is the seat of Yellowstone County and is located in the south-central region of Montana. It was founded in 1877 and became the railhead of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1882. A railhead is the farthest point the rails have been laid by a railroad. The city was named after Frederick H. Billings, the president of Northern Pacific Railroad at that time.


The city of Billings did not adopt an official city flag until February 1986. The flag was the result of two contests, one for a city seal design and one for a flag design, that was held by the Billings Flag Committee. A prize of $500 was offered to the winners of each contest. Fernando Mendez submitted the winning design for both contests and received a prize of $1,000.


Mendez included his image of the city seal in his flag design. The seal features the three tallest buildings in Billings and was an effort to create an image that reflected the city’s desire for an image that would show “a progressive image of Billings”. The words “Star of Big Sky Country” reflects Montana’s nickname “Big Sky Country”.


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Billings’ flag ranked 106th out of 150 flags. Almost all flags that contain a solid field and a city seal or coat of arms ranked quite low in the survey. In addition, the flag does not follow the Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.


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