Jefferson City, Missouri, City Flag

Dec 30th, 2017


Jefferson City is the capital of Missouri and the seat of Cole County. It is on the edge of the Ozark Plateau and the Missouri River in the mid-region of the state. Jefferson City was found in 1821 and named after Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. It was incorporated 1825.


Three council members and three citizens were chosen to be part of a committee whose goal was to design a city flag. That committee held a contest in 1990 and offered cash prizes for the first, second and third place. The winning entry was submitted by David Woodside.


The meaning assigned to the features of Woodside’s design include the following:


*     Colors – Red, White, and Blue: Inspired by the flags of the United States and of Missouri

*     Dome: Image of the State Capitol Building and reflects Jefferson City’s status as the capital of Missouri

*     Stars: There are 24 stars that reflect Missouri’s status as the 24th state to join the Union

*     Wavy Blue and White Lines: The Missouri River

*     White Shape: An outline of the state of Missouri


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Jefferson City’s flag ranked 63rd out of 150 flags. The flag does not follow the Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.


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