Scottsdale, Arizona, City Flag

Mar 9th, 2018

 

Scottsdale is a part of the Greater Phoenix Area in central Arizona. The town was originally named Orangedale. The name was changed in 1894 to honor the founder, Winfield Scott. He was a politician, military officer, and a Baptist minister. Scottsdale was incorporated as a city in 1951.

 

The city of Scottsdale has displayed a city flag since about 1951 when city hall decided there should be a city flag. It does not appear that they put much thought into it. They used a white field and placed an image of the city seal in the center. The seal was designed by Gene Brown Pennington. She was the granddaughter of E.O. Brown, one of the areas early settlers.

 

The symbolism of the seal includes the following:

 

*     Bucking Bronco: A widely recognized symbol of the west

*     Bronco Rider: Inspired by the head wrangler, Gerbacio “Harvey” Noriega, at E.O. Brown’s Scottsdale ranch

*     “The West’s Most Western Town”: The city’s motto

 

In 2017, the City of Scottsdale held a flag design contest in an effort to find a more suitable flag to represent the city. Over 200 entries had been received by the end of the contest in December 2017. The Neighborhood Advisory Commission was tasked with selecting the finalists and presenting their choices to the city council for a final decision. To date, a decision has not been made.

 

In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Scottsdale’s flag ranked 128th out of 150 flags. 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.

 

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