Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Arizona State Flag: Did Governor Brewer ever look at it?

West Washington Street in Phoenix, which leads to the State Capital, is currently decorated with Arizona Flags in preparation for the centennial. At the center of the star is a two foot copper star, representing the pride that Arizona once had in being the nation’s number one copper producer. Presently, the copper stars on the flags are nicely complimented by the Arizona Mining Mineral and Museum at 1502 W. Centennial Way. The museum features copper products and copper mining, as well as the unique Arizona geology that includes extraordinarily rich copper deposits.

However, Governor Brewer and the Arizona Historical Society (as explained in prior blog posts) plan to dismantle the mineral museum and replace it with a 5C Arizona Centennial Museum featuring cotton, cattle, citrus, climate, and copper. The motivation for this change is unknown, but cannot be based on Arizona history. At the time of statehood, Arizona was proud of being the top copper producer, and the flag was designed accordingly.

The flag has no cotton balls, no cows, and no grapefruit. The Governor should look at the 2 foot tall copper star on one of those flags, and think about why it is there.


From (facts about Arizona)

The lower half of the flag is a blue field, the upper half divided into thirteen equal segments, six light yellow and seven red. In the center of the flag is a copper-colored five-point star. The red and the blue are the same shades as the flag of the United States of America, and it measures four feet high and six feet wide. The flag was designed by Charles W. Harris and first sewn by Nan D. Hayden. Blue and yellow are the Arizona colors, and red and yellow the colors of the Spanish Conquistadores headed by Coronado who first came to Arizona in 1540. The copper star represents Arizona as the largest producer of copper in the nation.

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