Flag of Colorado

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Flag of Colorado.svg
Use Civil and state flag
Proportion 2:3
Adopted March 31, 1964
Design Three horizontal stripes of blue, white, and blue. On top of these stripes sits a circular red "C", filled with a golden disk.
Designed by Andrew Carlisle Johnson

The flag of the State of Colorado consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width; the top and bottom stripes are blue, and the middle stripe white. On top of these stripes sits a circular red "C", filled with a golden disk. The blue is meant to represent the skies, the gold stands for the sunshine enjoyed by the state, the white represents the snowcapped mountains and the red represents the ruddy colored earth (from Spanish colorado, meaning "ruddy" as well as "colored"). Attached to the flag is a cord of gold and silver, intertwined with gold and silver tassels to represent the two metals.[1][2]


The flag was designed by Andrew Carlisle Johnson[3] in 1911 and adopted by the Colorado General Assembly on June 5 of the same year.

However, the legislature did not specify the size of the "C" or the exact shade of blue or red. Thus, some flags were in slightly different colors and had the "C" wholly within the center stripe. On February 28, 1929, the General Assembly added to the description of the flag that the blue and red would be the same color as the flag of the United States. On March 31, 1964, the legislature further dictated the diameter of the gold disc to be equal to the center stripe.

State flag, 1907-1911
State flag, 1907-1911
State flag, 1911-1964
State flag, 1911-1964
An example of a Colorado state highway sign
Colorado state flag flying with U.S. flag in Durango, Colorado.

In a 2001 survey of 72 state, provincial and territorial flags in North America conducted by the North American Vexillological Association, Colorado's flag was ranked number 16.[4]

The Colorado state flag is also incorporated into the design of Colorado's state highway markers.

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