Omaha, Nebraska, City Flag

Feb 17th, 2018

 

Omaha is the seat of Douglas County. It is located on the mid-eastern border of Nebraska on the Missouri River. Omaha was founded in 1854 by speculators. A ferry crossing was established on the Missouri River that soon earned the city the nickname “Gateway to the West”. Omaha was incorporated as a city in 1857.

 

The city of Omaha’s city flag was adopted in 1958 after the Omaha Girl Scouts decided that the city need to have one. Mayor John Rosenblatt agreed with them and asked them to find a suitable flag design in time for the All-American City banquet to be held in six weeks. The Girl Scouts proposed two separate designs. Artist Heinz Rohde combined the designs to come up with a final design.

 

The meanings assigned to Rohde’s flag design include the following:

 

*     Center image: Native American sun symbol

*     Covered Wagon: The pioneer heritage of the city

*     Rays around Sun Symbol: Air, land and water transportation; Agriculture, livestock, and manufacturing; City government; and education, fine arts, and religion (culture).

 

In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Omaha’s flag ranked 26th out of 150 flags. Read the top five Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.

 

Rohde’s design did not include any lettering. At various times since then, the wording has been added and changed a couple of times.

 

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