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OKLAHOMA STATE FLAG


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  Broken Arrow
  Edmond
  Enid
  Lawton
  Midwest City
  Moore
  Muskogee
  Norman
  Oklahoma City
  Stillwater
  Tulsa





Oklahoma's state flag consists of a traditional Osage Nation buffalo-skin warrior's shield with seven eagle feathers hanging from its edge on a sky blue field. The Osage shield is covered by two symbols of peace: the calumet representing Native Americans, and the olive branch representing European Americans.

  • ABBREVIATION: OK
  • MOTTO: "Labor Conquers All Things"
  • ENTERED UNION: Nov. 16, 1907
  • FLAG ADOPTED: 1911 (revised in 1925 and 1941, then standardized in 2006)
  • COMMENTS: Oklahoma's flag honors more than 60 groups of Native Americans and their ancestors.

 

Oklahoma's first official state flag was simple, a five-pointed star, outlined in blue and centered on a field of red, imprinted with the number 46 (for the 46th state admitted to the union). After the Russian Revolution in 1917, many people associated the color red with Communism, this caused many people in Oklahoma to desire a new design for their state flag. In 1924 a contest was held to find a new flag, a design more representative of the state with the largest Native American population won. It featured a traditional Osage Nation buffalo-skin warrior's shield and was close to the design currently in use today.

In 1941 the word 'OKLAHOMA' was added to the flag in bold white letters, just below the image of the shield. Due to color-shades and shield-image variations among flag manufacturers over the years, the Oklahoma State Legislature adopted strict specifications to the various colors and overall image of the flag in 2006. This is the flag we see flown over the capitol building today.

 

Oklahoma Flag
State Flag, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Flag Original
 Original Flag 1911
Oklahoma Flag Second
Second Flag 1925
Oklahoma Flag Third
Third Flag 1941

 

FUN FACTS:

  • The country's first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City in 1935.
  • Oklahoma has had 14 official flags during its history.
  • The state capitol building in Oklahoma City has a working oil well on its grounds.
  • Oklahoma has more artificial lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water.
  • Until statehood, Oklahoma was known as Indian Territory. Today 39 tribes have their headquarters in the state.
  • The state of Oklahoma was opened to settlers in a "Land Rush" in 1889. Prospective settlers claimed plots of land by outlining their territory with stakes. A few of these settlers laid stakes prior to the official start of the land run and were later known as the "Sooners".

 

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