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based on County Flags of Texas
The county flag was designed because of the arriving sesquicentennial celebration. Falls County did not have a flag prior to that and the county commission wanted to have one for the celebration. But it was not intended solely for the celebration. It is still in use today. The sesquicentennial spurred a lot of civic interest especially in Texas history (which includes it's many flags).
Chris Pinette, 25 March 2000
In 1985 Mrs. Joydelle Garrett Wolfram designed a flag for Falls County to celebrate the Texas sesquicentennial in 1986. The flag was recognized by the state senate on June 8, 1985 and by the state House of Representatives on February 28, 1985. The flag is 3 feet by 5 feet. It is described as a large white star on a royal blue field, surrounded by two white arcs and 254 gold, red, blue, and green stars.
Each county can adopt this flag by changing the name of the county and the year of it's organization which appear in the fly of the flag. Besides Falls County, Denton County adopted this flag. I have a photo of the Denton County flag at my website.
The following is the Senate resolution recognizing the flag:
WHEREAS, The flag, with a background of royal blue, exhibits a large white Lone Star on its left half; and
WHEREAS, Smaller stars surrounding the lone Star, which represent the 254 counties of Texas, are grouped by color according to the comparative date of each county's creation; and
WHEREAS, Immediately adjacent to the Lone Star are 37 gold stars, 12 each between its top point and the points to either side, and another 13 between its bottom two points, all in representation of those counties that were created during Texas's period as a republic; and
WHEREAS, Around the Lone Star and the gold stars is a ring of white containing 115 red stars in representation of those counties that were created after statehood but prior to the Civil War; and
WHEREAS, Outside the first ring is another ring, also white, containing along its bottom and left and right sides an arc of 91 blue stars in representation of those counties that were created through the remainder of the 19th Century; and
WHEREAS, A shorter arc of 11 green stars, located along the top ring, represents those counties that have been created more recently, since the beginning of the 20th Century; and
WHEREAS, The other half of the flag, to the right of the design, depicts the name of the county with the date of its creation and an appropriately colored star; and
WHEREAS, Display of the flag by counties would not be inconsistent with their display of the state sesquicentennial flag as authorized by the Texas 1986 Sesquicentennial Commission; and
WHEREAS, flying the county flag would further honor the proud history of the state's 254 counties, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 60th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate as an official county flag for the Texas sesquicentennial, for counties choosing to adopt and fly it, the design incorporated in the sesquicentennial county for Falls County.
www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/FF/msf1.html states "Certainly the most unusual Texas flag is the official county flag for the Texas sesquicentennial, celebrated in 1986. This flag was designed by Mrs. Joydelle G. Wolfram for Falls County and subsequently recognized by the legislature on February 28, 1985, for use by counties. It shows the county's name, date of formation, and a large white star on a royal blue field, surrounded by two white arcs and 254 gold, red, blue, and green stars. The use of this flag is optional."