St. Louis, Missouri, City Flag History

Jan 6th, 2017

St. Louis is located near the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and close to the state of Illinois. It became a part of the United States under the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. The boundaries of the city were established in 1876, and the current city flag was adopted in 1964.


St. Louis Flag


The flag was designed by Theodore Sizer, a Yale University professor. The meanings assigned to the features of the flag were noted in the city code and are as follows:


·         Colors: Spain – red, yellow and gold, Bourbon France – white and gold, Napoleonic and Republican France – blue, white and red, and U.S. – red, white and blue.

·         Fleur-de-lis: The cities French background, and the person the city was named for, St. Louis of France.

·         Golden Disk: The city or the Louisiana Purchase.

·         Wavy Bars: The confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association conducted The American City Flag Survey. St. Louis’ flag ranked 5th out of 150 flags


St. Louis adopted its first official city flag in 1916. A flag design contest was organized by the Pageant Drama Association. The winner, out of over 200 entries, was A.P. Woehrle, a resident of the city. It was later disclosed that Edward Krondl, a commercial artist, was the actual designer, but had submitted his revised entry under a friend’s name. A resolution was passed that same year to adopt the design as the city’s official flag.


The winning flag had a field featuring a red stripe at the top, white stripe in the center, and blue stripe along the bottom. A white star was placed at each of its corners, and a shield was featured in the center of the field containing the image of a white robed crusader holding a sword and mounted on a white horse. A white line was placed under the crusader and, under the line, a fleur-de-lis.


It was not until 1946 that it was discovered that an Ordinance had not been enacted officially adopting the flag. That oversight was corrected and an Ordinance was enacted. There were no changes made to the flag until a new design was adopted in 1964.


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