Denver, Colorado, City Flag History

Dec 30th, 2016

Denver flag

 

Denver is the capital of Colorado. Its nickname is the “Mile-High City”. The city is located near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and on the west edge of the High Plains, a sub-region of the Great Plains in the western United States. The city was founded in 1858 during the gold rush. Not much gold was found in Denver but, unlike other settlements during that time, managed to grow rather than become a ghost town like so many others during that time.

 

In the early 1920s, the Sons of the American Revolution sponsored a contest to select a Denver flag design by offering a $25 prize for the winning entry. Another $25 was added to the prize amount by the city council to make the total prize $50. The Denver Art Commission, chosen as the judges for the contest, selected Margaret Overbeck’s design out of 150 entries. She was a student at North High School.

 

It was not until 1926 that Denver adopted Overbeck’s flag design as the official Denver flag. The following meanings were assigned to her flag:

 

·         Centered Circles: The city’s central location in the state.

·         Red: The color of the earth – the definition of the word Colorado is “having color”.

·         Yellow: Gold in the hills of the state.

·         White Zigzag: The state’s Native American heritage.

 

Some have suggested that the white represents the snow on the mountains of the region. It should be noted that Denver’s flag colors are the same as those of the Colorado state flag.

 

In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association conducted The American City Flag Survey. Denver’s flag ranked 3rd out of 150 flags.

 

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