Wood County, Ohio, Flag

Oct 6th, 2018


Wood County is located in northwest Ohio and consists of 620 square miles. It was founded in 1820 and the city of Bowling Green was chosen as the county seat. Wood County is named for Captain Eleazer D. Wood, an engineer that participated in building Fort Meigs in the War of 1812 with General William Henry Harrison’s army.


In 2002, the State of Ohio requested a flag from the county for use during the state’s bicentennial celebrations in 2003. The county flag was designed by Wood County Buildings and Groups Committee, Tim Brown, Dorothy Cromley, Joan Gordon, Stacey Hann-Ruff, Bill Lorenzen, Robert Pollex, Mike Sibbersen, Gale Williamson, and Irma Wolf. Century Marketing of Bowling Green provided special assistance in designing the flag. The final result was officially adopted by the county in May 2002.


The meanings assigned to the flag design include the following:


*     1820: The year that the county was founded

*     Blue Field: Same blue color as the U.S. flag represents national bonds

*     Gold: Agricultural heritage

*     Gold Silhouette: State of Ohio

*     Red Outline in Silhouette: Wood County

*     Red Outline with Black Lines Radiating Out: Lifeblood of those that lived in and around the Great Black Swamp

*     Stars (19 Total): The 19 townships within the county, diverse citizens, and the county’s bright future


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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