Oregon State Flag is the only flag that displays
a different design on each side.
1925, the flag is colored navy blue with gold
lettering and symbols. Certain occasions demand
a more formal version of the flag and so a
"dress" or "parade" version of the flag is
fringed in gold.
face displays the words "STATE OF OREGON" above
a gold shield surrounded by thirty-three stars.
The stars represent Oregon as the thirty-third
state to be
admitted to the union. Below the shield,
part of the state seal, is the date "1859" in
gold numerals. This is the year that Oregon was
admitted to the union.
on the shield, is a blazing sun setting over the
Pacific Ocean, mountains, forests and a
conestoga wagon all representing the natural
resources and splendor of Oregon and the early
settlers to the territory. A plow, a sheaf of
wheat and a pickax represent the early industry
of the state; agriculture and mining. Two ships
are shown; a British Man-of-War and an American
trade vessel. The departing British ship and
arriving American ship are said to represent
that claim to the land was laid by both Great
Britain and The United States at the same time.
It is also said that the tack of the two ships
represents the ascendance of American power in
the western hemisphere. Another interpretation
has the departure and arrival as representative
of trade or commerce. This explanation would
seem to ignore that the British vessel is a
crest of the shield is the American eagle. Also
displayed is a banner with the words "The
Union." The eagle and the banner express support
for "The Union" that Oregon joined in 1859.
that the Oregon State Flag is the only state
flag with a different design on each side. With
a nickname of "The Beaver State" one might
easily guess the depiction on the obverse side
of the flag. Indeed, the Oregon State Animal
makes a strong showing on the Oregon State Flag.
want more information on the State Flags of the
United States, you might want to check
How Proudly They Wave: Flags of the Fifty States by Rita D. Haban. This book is
geared toward kids... and for adults like me who
want to know about the history and design
significance of the flags of all fifty states
but can't find this information in an expensive