Licking County, Ohio, Flag

Jul 1st, 2018



Licking County is located in the central region of Ohio and consists of 687 square miles. It was formed in 1808 from a portion of Fairfield County. The county seat is located in the city of Newark. Licking County was named after the Licking River and refers to area salt licks.


The county had a flag that was designed in 1986 by Brandy McCluskey, a student in the county. The flag disappeared and no one could remember what it had looked like. In 2002, A & D Advertising was contracted by the county commissioners to come up with a new flag design. Five models were submitted and one was chosen by student government representatives during County Government Week. The flag was officially adopted that same year.


The meanings assigned to the flag design include the following:


*     Green: Agriculture

*     Cog in Center of Octagon Shape: Industry

*     Octagon Mounds: Earthworks that were built by Hopewell Indians

*     Octagon Shape: Early Licking County settlements

*     Outline in Center of Cog: Licking County


The Ohio Veterans Plaza at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, features plaques and accompanying flagpoles from each of the 88 counties in Ohio. The flags were presented at the Ohio Statehouse in 2003 during the Bicentennial flag dedication ceremonies and are now displayed annually.


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