Belleville, Illinois, Flag History

Oct 28th, 2018


Belleville is a city located in southwest Illinois and consists of 23.5 square miles. It is the county seat for St. Clair County. In 1814, George Blair donated 26 acres – one acre for a town square and 25 acres for a new county seat. As a result, he was given the opportunity to name the town. He chose Belleville, a French word for a beautiful city. Belleville was incorporated as a village in 1819 and as a city in 1850.


In 1964, the Belleville Chamber of Commerce and Belleville Carling Brewery Company held a flag design contest. The event was a part of the Sesquicentennial Year Program. The winning entry was submitted by Frederick L. Lange, a local resident. The flag was officially adopted that same year.


The meanings assigned to the flag design include the following:


*     Black Field: The area’s rich soil

*     Green Bar: Agriculture

*     White Bar: Culture

*     Yellow Bar: Minerals

*     Post Horn: Heritage of settlers in the area and the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra


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