Corpus Christi, Texas, City Flag History

Jan 20th, 2017

Corpus Christi is located along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in South Texas. It is a top tourist attraction because of its sandy beaches, and has been labeled in tourist literature as the “Texas Riviera” and the “Sparkling City by the Sea”. The city was incorporated in 1852, but did not adopt an official city flag until 1953.


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In 1952, a city flag design contest was sponsored by city schools for entries from junior and high school students in all high schools in the city. Barbara Hesse was the winner of the contest. Her design used two colors, sky blue for the field, and white for the seagull and stars. The seagull is flying towards the fly end of the flag. The meanings assigned to the design include:


  • ·         Blue field: Represents Corpus Christi Bay


  • ·         Seagull:  Represents people in the city, including residents and visitors


  • ·         Stars: The eight stars represent the eight major industries. It is noted that as the city grows, those industries could change, but was given as agriculture, commerce, oil and chemicals, ore and metal refineries, fishing and seafood, the naval airbase, and the Port of Corpus Christi.


The city council officially adopted Hesse’s design for the city flag in March, 1953. Today, the city flag is proudly flown at City Hall, public facilities, parks and at many city schools. The Corpus Christi city flag and the U.S. flag are always prominently displayed in the City Council Chamber.


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association conducted The American City Flag Survey. Corpus Christi’s flag ranked 10th out of 150 flags.


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