Flag of Idaho

State: Idaho

Proportions: 26:23

Idaho Flag Description:
The flag of Idaho consists of a blue base with the state seal in the center. Idaho's state motto Esto Perpetua, which means 'Let It Be Perpetual' appears above the emblem and a ribbon, with "State of Idaho" written on it, is below the seal.

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Idaho Flag Meaning:
The state seal represents mining, agriculture and forestry which are some of the state's main industries. Mining and mineral wealth are represented by the miner. Agriculture is represented by the sheaf of wheat and the fruit and vegetables. The timber industry and Idaho's natural wealth is represented by the pine tree. The elk stands for Idaho's wildlife. The woman represents liberty, justice and equality.

Idaho Flag History:
The flag originated in 1907 and was first adopted on Mar. 15, 1927. The current flag dates from Mar. 1, 1957. Idaho is the 43rd state of the union, gaining statehood on July 3, 1890. The Idaho Legislature modified the original state seal in 1957 to emphasize mining, agriculture and forestry as Idaho's main industries.

Interesting Idaho Facts:
Idaho's state nickname is the Gem State.

The state seal was designed by Emma Edwards-Green and she is the only woman to design a United States state seal. She entered her design in a contest arranged by Idaho's First Legislature in 1891.

The flag has odd proportions of 26:23; meaning it is slightly wider (higher) than it is long.

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