History of the Ohio Flag

Did you know Ohio is the only state to have a non-rectangular flag? As the 17th state of the United States, Ohio was added to the United States of America in 1803, this buck-eye state flag looks a little like Old Glory, but lets dive in to this great state a little more!

At first when you look at the flag you can truly see some resemblances to the American flag. It has red and white stripes and a blue background with stars. It took almost a century for Ohio to have a legal flag. In 1901, John Eisenmann design the “swallowtail” style flag that is generally known as a ‘cavalry-guidon’. In 1902 the flag as approved to the Ohio’s stat Flag.

The three red and two white horizontal stripes that represent the roads and waterways of the state. The blue section of the flag represents the state hills and valley. If you look closely, you will notice the 17 stars on the flag, the stars on the left side represents the 13 original colonies, and the other four stars represents the newly formed states. The “O” on the blue field represents the “O” in “Ohio” and suggests the state’s nickname, the buckeye state.

On the Ohio Flag’s 100th year anniversary, the Ohio General Assembly adopted a salute to the flag. This salute would be said after the pledge of allegiance. As mention earlier, the Ohio Flag is shaped differently; due to the strange design this flag has a special way of being folded. The folding process was developed by a Boy Scout member named Alex Weinstock. The folding of the Ohio Flag requires two people to fold it and unfold it.

Whether you are a buck eye fan or just a curious US history fan, you can always treasure the United States history about the states and the development of this great country.