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General background about the Arkansas Flag

Arkansas Flag     Arkansas Great Seal


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The Arkansas state flag has a large blue-bordered white diamond superimposed on a red field. Twenty-five small white stars line the edge of the diamond within the blue border, with four larger blue stars in the white diamond. The inscription "ARKANSAS" also appears in blue within the white diamond.

  • MOTTO: "The People Rule"
  • ENTERED UNION: June 15, 1836
  • FLAG ADOPTED: February 26,1913 (Final Revised Design March 16, 1924)
  • COMMENTS: The flag went through several design changes during the first decade of its existence (see below), however, the current design has remained the same since its last revision in 1924.


As with many other state flag designs, The Daughters of the American Revolution played a part in the creation of a flag for Arkansas. The DAR decided to hold a statewide flag design contest in 1912. There were 65 entries to be judged by a committee made up of several people including teachers and the Secretary of State. The committee met in early 1913, and after due deliberation they chose a red, white, and blue design. The committee decided to add the state name to the flag and to rearrange the 3 blue stars. This became the first official state flag ('second design' below). The original 3 blue stars represent the nations to which Arkansas once belonged (Spain, France, and the U.S.). The fourth star was later added to represent Arkansas' membership in the Confederate States of America. Soon-after the blue stars were rearranged to the design you see on today's state flag. The Diamond symbolizes that, at that time, Arkansas was the only state that produced diamonds (Diamonds were later discovered in Colorado and Montana).


Arkansas Flag
State Flag, Arkansas


Arkansas Flag Original Design
Original Design,1913
Arkansas FlagSecond Design
Second Design,1913
Arkansas Flag Third Design
Third Design,1923


  • Sam Walton founded his Wal-Mart stores in Bentonville, Arkansas.
  • Arkansas has been the country's leading producer of rice since 1973. It produces about 45 percent of the total U.S. crop.
  • In 1932, Arkansas elected the first woman to the U.S. Senate. Her name was Hattie Caraway.
  • Nine million gallons of water flow from Mammoth Spring each hour. The spring forms a scenic 10-acre lake in Mammoth Spring State Park. It is one of the world's largest single springs.
  • The average temperature of the waters in the 47 springs that flow out of Hot springs Mountain is 143 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing area in the world that allows the public to keep what they find, and near Murfreesboro is the only diamond mine in North America that is open to the public.


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