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Idaho State FlagIdaho State Flag

Adopted on March 12, 1907.

This legislation, approved on March 12, 1907, gave the Idaho Adjutant General broad latitude over the final look of the flag. The suggestion was made to honor the First Idaho Infantry by selecting their battle flag to serve the State, replacing the regiment's name with the State name.

The flag of the state of Idaho consists of the state seal on a field of blue. The words "State of Idaho"appear in gold letters on a red and gold band below the seal. According to the official description of the flag, there should also be a fringe of gold around the edges, but a long time ago the versions of the flag were not shown until they remodeled the flag after War

A silk flag, blue field, five (5) feet six (6) inches fly, and four (4) feet four (4) inches on pike, bordered with gilt fringe two and one-half (2 1/2) inches in width, with state seal of Idaho twenty-one (21) inches in diameter, in colors, in the center of a blue field. The words "State of Idaho" are embroidered in with block letters, two (2) inches in height on a red band three (3) inches in width by twenty-nine (29) inches in length, the band being in gold and placed about eight and one-half (8 1/2) inches from the lower border of fringe and parallel with the same. Adopted by the 1907 legislature.

The Idaho State Flag

Idaho Session Laws, 1907

When the Idaho Legislature got around to thinking about a State flag, the 1907 legislation was written to specify a simple blue flag with the name of the State " in such colors and of such size and dimensions as shall be prescribed by the adjutant general of the State of Idaho."The legislation also gave the Adjutant General "supervision over the form and construction of said flag."

STATE FLAG
Idaho Session Laws, 1907, page 304.

AN ACT, TO PROVIDE A STATE FLAG FOR THE STATE OF IDAHO.

Be It Enacted By the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

Section 1. That a state flag for the State of Idaho be and the same is hereby adopted, the same to be as follows:

The state flag of the State of Idaho shall be blue, charged with the name of the State, in such colors and of such size and dimensions as shall be prescribed by the adjutant general of the State of Idaho.

Section 2. That said Adjutant General shall have general supervision over the form and construction of said flag.

Section 3. That the sum of one hundred dollars ($100.00), out of the general fund of the State, not otherwise appropriated shall be and the same hereby is appropriated to defray the expenses of the same, said appropriation being subject to the order of the Adjutant General, and to be allowed and audited in the same manner as all other bills presented against the State.

Section 4. That all other acts and parts of acts in conflict with this act are hereby repealed.

Section 5. Whereas an emergency exists, therefore this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval.

Approved March 12, 1907

When the Idaho Legislature revised statutes pertaining to the Idaho National Guard in 1927, the 1907 "statute"was accidentally superseded by the 1907 "design specification"written up by the Adjutant General. The new law, approved March 15, 1927 codified the specification for the State seal as ordered by the Adjutant General in 1907 rather than the adopted statute.

The 1927 law did ensure that the Great Seal of the State of Idaho would continue to be an element of the State flag.

The problem with the pictorial representation of the seal was laid to rest once and for all when the legislature approved an enhanced version of the Great Seal of the State of Idaho in 1957.

"The original flag created in 1907 was displayed in the State Capitol building for many years. It began to look ragged from wear, and was placed in the Idaho Historical Archives. When a Meridian Elementary fourth grade class realized what had happened to the flag, they began a fundraising effort to restore it. $5,000 later, the original Idaho flag was cleaned, mended, preserved and placed on permanent display in the Idaho Historical Museum in Boise."

Idaho Flag Laws

daho Statutes, Title 46, Chapter 8.

TITLE 46. MILITIA AND MILITARY AFFAIRS.
CHAPTER 8. MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL PROVISIONS.

46-801. STATE FLAG. A state flag for the state of Idaho is hereby adopted, the same to be as follows:

A silk flag, blue field, five (5) feet six (6) inches fly, and four (4) feet four (4) inches on pike, bordered with gilt fringe two and one-half (2 1/2) inches in width, with state seal of Idaho twenty-one (21) inches in diameter, in colors, in the center of a blue field. The words "State of Idaho" are embroidered in with block letters, two (2) inches in height on a red band three (3) inches in width by twenty-nine (29) inches in length, the band being in gold and placed about eight and one-half (8 1/2) inches from the lower border of fringe and parallel with the same.

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