Flag of Colorado
|Use||Civil and state flag|
|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 Carson|
The flag of the state of Colorado is a bicolor horizontal triband of blue and white charged with a circular red letter "C" filled with a golden disk. That is, it consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width, the top and bottom stripes blue, and the middle stripe white, on top of which sits a circular red "C", filled with a golden disk. The blue is meant to represent the skies, the gold stands for the abundant sunshine the state enjoys, the white represents the snowcapped mountains, and the red represents the ruddy earth.
The flag was designed by Andrew Carlisle Carson 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 width of the center stripe.
The Colorado state flag is also incorporated into the design of Colorado's state highway markers. Colorado is the only state to incorporate its entire, unaltered flag design into its State Route Marker.
The Colorado Rapids' alternate kit with a flag-inspired color scheme
- Colorado State Archives: History FAQs. Accessed via WayBack Machine on 2015 July 20.
- New Mexico Tops State/Provincial Flags Survey, Georgia Loses by Wide Margin. NAVA News (2001 June 10), volume 34, issue 2, pages 4-5. Accessed 2015 July 20.
- Colorado at Flags of the World
- Untold story behind Colorado's iconic state flag
- Meaning of the colors used in the Colorado state flag, the ten "significations" outlined in 1911
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