Van Wert County, Ohio, Flag

Sep 22nd, 2018

Van Wert


Van Wert County is located on the northwest border of Ohio and consists of 410 square miles. It was formed in 1820 and organized in 1837. The county seat is located in the city of Van Wert. Van Wert County is named for Isaac Van Wart, an American Revolutionary War militiaman from New York. Van Wart was assisted in the capture of John Andre, a British spy. The name spelling was changed because Congressional records were illegible.


 The date that the Van Wert County flag was adopted is unknown. It is known that a flag design contest was sponsored by the Van Wert Business and Professional Women’s Club in preparation for Ohio’s bicentennial. It can be assumed it was held in 2002 after the state sent out a request for county flags for use in the bicentennial celebrations scheduled for 2003. The winning entry was submitted by a Van Wert resident Rolland Blank Sr. The Van Wert flag is a swallowtail burgee shape and has the same imprint on both sides. The flag mimics, in shape, the state of Ohio flag.


The meanings assigned to the flag design include the following:


*     Building: The Van Wert County Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark

*     Cogs on the Gear (12 total): The 12 townships in the county

*     Gear: Industry

*     Wheat Stalks: Agriculture


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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