The following article is reprinted from the Friday, May 12, 1911, edition of the Delta County Tribune
For the first time in its history, Colorado has a state flag. In 1907 a state banner was created by a law enacted at the instance of the Denver chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, but this banner, which was dark blue, failed to become popular, only two specimens of it having been made during the four years. Being desirous of having a practical official flag for Colorado, the same organization, through the assistance of Senator Sharpley, introduced a bill for a state flag to be made according to a design invented by A. C. Carson, president of the Ohio Society of Colorado. The bill was enacted into a law by the state legislature on May 5, 1911.
The flag is composed of two Yale blue and one white stripe of equal width, at right angles to the staff and at one end a large red “C”, with a gold center, and is considered a most significant and striking design. The flag has significations, as follows:
- The red color stands for Colorado, a Spanish word meaning red.
- The letter “C” stands for Colorado, “Playground of America.”
- The letter “C” Stand for Centennial state, Colorado having been admitted into the union in the year 1876, the one hundredth anniversary of American independence.
- The letter “C” stand for Columbine, the state flower of Colorado.
- The gold center represents the sun, which shines all the year round in Colorado.
- The aureate center also represents the most precious of metals, gold, in the possession and production of which Colorado excels all other states.
- The white stripe further represents the eternal snow of the Rockies, America’s greatest mountain chain.
- The Yale blue stripes stand for the radiant blue sky which smiles on Coloradoans from year’s end to year’s end.
- The blue and the white stripes together give us two of the delicate colors of the exquisite state flower, the Columbine.
- The interlaced gold and silver cords emblematize the union and harmony of the finest qualities of mankind in the people of the Centennial sate.
- The Colorado state flag, in its full glory, stands for all that is most beautiful, dearest and best-for home and Motherland, in whose illimitable a splendid future we believe with an abiding faith, and for whose up building and exaltation and glorification all true Coloradoans pledge the best there is in them.
Director, Delta County Historical Society and Museum