Wichita, Kansas, City Flag History

Jan 8th, 2017

The location of Wichita was established as a trading post in 1860, and was incorporated in 1870. In the late 1930s, the city decided that it needed a flag and announced to the public that it would be holding a flag design contest.


Wichita Flag


Over 100 entries were received. The winner was Cecil McAlister, a Wichita resident and artist. He received a prize of $40.00. In June, 1937, a proclamation was issued by Mayor T. Walker Weaver establishing the winning entry as the official flag of Wichita. Seamstress Mary J. Harper was commissioned to create the flag and stitch it together. A little more than a month later, the first flag was raised at City Hall.


The meanings assigned to the flag design are said to be the following:


·         Blue: Faithfulness, happiness and contentment

·         Native-American sun design inside blue orb: Permanent Home

·         Red Rays: Honor and virtue

·         White Rays: Courage

·         Red and White Rays: Paths to freedom


Wichita residents are proud of their flag and their city. They have created accounts for the flag on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to promote civic pride.


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association conducted The American City Flag Survey. Wichita’s flag ranked 6th out of 150 flags


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