Tucson, Arizona, City Flag

Dec 15th, 2017


Tucson is the seat of Pima County and is located in southern Arizona. The area was founded around 1682 by Hugh O’Conor. Tucson, at different points in history, has belonged to Spain, Mexico, Confederate Arizona Territory, and the United States. The was transferred to the U.S. under the 1854 Gadsden Purchase Treaty with Mexico. Tucson is the oldest city that is incorporated in Arizona.


The flag of Tucson was adopted in 1953 and features a white field with the city seal in the center. The city seal was chosen after a contest sponsored by the Tucson Press Club was held in 1949. The winning design was submitted by artist Mary Crowfoot. Her stated goal was to contrast historic Tucson with modern Tucson.


The lower upper portion of the city seal is the 1949 Tucson skyline above city buildings. The lower portion features the historic San Xavier mission. The lariat is intended to bind the modern city with the historic area that is now Tucson.


The design was first adopted in 1950 as a Tucson registered trademark. It was adopted as the city seal in 1953 at the same time the city flag was officially adopted.


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Tucson’s flag ranked 135th out of 150 flags. Almost all flags that contain a solid field and a city seal or coat of arms ranked quite low in the survey. The flag does not follow the Vexillologist the rules of simple flag design.


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