Ohio State Flag History – An Interesting Flag!

Mar 12th, 2016

The Ohio state flag was created by an architect named John Eisenmann. He designed the flag for the Ohio State Pan-American Exposition Commission. It was first flown in Buffalo, New York, at the Pan-American Exposition in 1901 from the Ohio building. Eisenmann patented the flag design and it was adopted by Ohio as its official flag in May of 1902.


Eisenmann’s Ohio flag had a “swallow-tailed” design. Because of its shape, it is called a burgee. The burgee, by definition, is a flag that has the shape of a pennant that was originally used to distinguish the flags of sailing, or yacht, clubs, or ownership of merchant ships. Most burgees were created in the shape of a pennant that contained an indentation that formed two tails on the fly end of the flag. The fly end is the length of the flag measuring from the right end of the top fly to the bottom of the flag. It is the length of the flag that flaps in the wind.


Ohio Flag


Based on the Ohio legislation, following is what the design represents:


Three horizontal Strips – represent the roads and waterways of the state.


The Union (also called a canton) – the blue triangular field represents the hills and valleys of Ohio.


Stars in the Triangular Field – 13 of the stars represent the original states of the United States. The four stars at the peak of the triangle symbolizes Ohio as the seventeenth state admitted to the union.


The “O” – represents Ohio and is suggestive of the state’s nickname, the buckeye state.


It has been theorized that the red center of the “O” represents a buckeye seed. The Buckeye is the state’s official tree and its nickname. It has also been theorized that the “O” in the flag represents Ohio as an original territory.


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