Houston, Texas, City Flag

Feb 24th, 2018

 

Houston is the seat of Harris County and is located in Southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico. The city was founded in 1836, and incorporated in 1837. The name Houston was chosen in honor of General Sam Houston, a soldier and politician.

 

In May 1915, the mayor, Ben Campbell, appointed a committee to chose a city flag from designs suggestions that had been submitted. The committee chose a design created by W.A. Wheeldon and it was officially adopted in September 1915. That flag has a blue field and features a large star that contains the city seal in the center.

 

The meanings assigned to the flag design include the following:

 

*     Locomotive: Used in anticipation of the first railroad to be laid through the city by the Houston and Brazos Rail Road Company

*     Plow: Farming, especially cotton crops

*     Star: Texas, the Lone Star State

 

Sometime in the 1990s, the seal design on the city flag was altered. It does not appear that the changes were officially adopted and, at some point, the flag was changed back to its original specifications.

 

In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Houston’s flag ranked 55th out of 150 flags. That rating is surprising. Most city’s that use a city coat of arms or seal ranked low in the survey. Read the top five Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.

 

Sometime in the 1990s, the seal design on the city flag was altered. It does not appear that the changes were officially adopted. It can be speculated that the revisions were easier to manufacture. The original design

 

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