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Palo Pinto County (27,026 inhabitants in 2000; 2,554 sq. km; ) is located in north central Texas. The county was established in 1856 by the Texas state legislature, from lands formerly assigned to Bosque and Navarro counties, and
organized the next year. The town of Golconda, chosen to be the seat of the county's government, was renamed Palo Pinto in 1858. A detailed history of Palo Pinto County is available on "The Handbook of Texas Online":www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/PP/hcp1.html
In the "Mineral Wells Index", 28 February 2008, Libby Cluett reports the adoption of the county flag.
The Palo Pinto County Historical Commission designed a county flag to add on flag poles. In the Monday county commissioner’s meeting PPCHC member Wayne Cruze presented a mock-up of the newly designed flag, which commissioners approved. The flag will depict a field of red, white and blue, divided in thirds, with a gold star in the center. The final design will don the following words in black: “Palo Pinto” in black on top; “1857” on the star near the center; and “County” revised from white text to black along the bottom. Cruze said that the color red symbolizes Palo Pinto County’s red earth. The color blue symbolizes the Brazos River and white symbolizes the “sweat of the early settlers as they worked creating the civilization we enjoy today,” recalled Palo Pinto County Judge Mike Smiddy. Smiddy said that 47 of the state’s 254 counties have flags, “ranging from soup to nuts. This one is excellent.”
Now that the flag is approved, the commission can move forward on the final prototype."
The article shows a photograph of the flag mock-ups and a drawing of the flag prototype, in proportions 3:5.
Ivan Sache, 1 March 2008
THE STATE OF TEXAS - COUNTY OF PALO PINTO
WHEREAS, as part of the sesquicentennial celebration in 2007 the Palo Pinto County Historical Commission designed and produced a flag to represent the proud heritage of Palo Pinto County; and
WHEREAS, Commission member Wayne Cruze designed a flag simple in design but also of uncommon beauty; and
WHEREAS, the red field on the flag symbolizes the red soil of our County; the blue field symbolizes the Brazos River; the white field represents the sweat of the early settlers as they worked creating the civilization we now enjoy, with all the fields tied together by a star, the Lone Star of Texas;
NOW, THEREFORE, remembering all those who came before us and on behalf of generations yet to come, the Commissioners Court of Palo Pinto County, Texas, hereby RESOLVES that the flag presented to us today by the Palo Pinto Historical Commission is now and shall henceforth be the official flag of Palo Pinto County, Texas; and
BE IT RESOLVED that this flag shall be hung for display in a place of honor at the Courthouse in Palo Pinto with a certificate commemorating this day and recognizing those responsible for the flag's design and creation.
WITNESS our hands this the 28th day of April, 2008 at the Courthouse in Palo Pinto, Palo Pinto County, Texas.
Mike A. Smiddy, County Judge
Beth Ray, Commissioner Edgar Laney, Commissioner
George Nowak, Commissioner Jeff Fryer, Commissioner
Bobbie Smith, County Clerk
Dave Pawson, 10 December 2008