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image located by Valentin Poposki, 6 August 2006
A white flag with a blue narrow border, and in center a large seal, overlapped by flowers (California poppies in the upper hoist and red camellia in the lower fly). Another image at queerbychoice.livejournal.com/480630.html shows the border to be blue and yellow.
The center is, of course, the seal of Sacramento County. The flower to the upper left are the state flower, the California golden poppy. The flower to the lower right is a camellia. Sacramento sometimes calls itself the camellia capitol of California because camellias grow well in the area.
Michael P. Smuda, 13 August 2006
Good images of the seal are at www.saccounty.net/portal/about/county-seals/sealimage.html and text about its history and symbolism are at www.saccounty.net/portal/about/county-seals/index.html including:
The official Sacramento County seal was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on January 18, 1961, following a contest for an appropriate design. The color scheme is basically blue and gold. The predominant graphic feature is the dome of the State Capitol, symbolizing Sacramento County as the seat of the state government. The Capitol dome is superimposed upon a golden brown parchment scroll which signifies the early historical background of this community for which John Sutter received a Mexican land grant from Governor Alvarado at Monterey in 1841.Ned Smith, 15 August 2006
Two of the most important historical events in the county's history are denoted by the Pony Express rider and the gold miner. The Pony Express rider symbolizes the fact that Sacramento was the western terminus of the Pony Express. The gold miner signifies the discovery of gold which touched off one of the greatest mass migrations in the nation's history. The date of February, 18, 1850, written on the lower edge of the scroll is the date Sacramento County and the other original counties were created by an act of the state legislature.
There are 31 white stars in an outer circle around the field of blue. The stars symbolize California as the 31st state admitted to the Union.
The original seal was designed by W. Roy Brinson ...