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Andalusia, Alabama (U.S.)
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image by Eugene Ipavec, 14 July 2010
Based on image provided by city
Description of the flag
Andalusia uses a diagonally divided blue (upper fly) over red (lower hoist) flag with the city seal on it -
Dov Gutterman, 23 October 2002
The flag of the City of Andalusia, Alabama, is diagonally divided from top left to lower right, blue over red, with big seal in the center. However, there is also another flag of the city of which I received documentation with an official description, but no image unfortunately:
In 1984 Andalusia Chamber of Commerce officials along with Covington Historical Society members cooperated to establish and
recommend to the Andalusia City Council that this city flag be adopted. The City of Andalusia officially adopted this city flag on November 6, 1984 about the time of the 100th anniversary of Andalusia's first incorporation. The original hand-sewn flag is housed at the Three Notch Museum, formerly the Central of Georgia railroad depot, on Historic Central Street in downtown Andalusia (Covington County), Alabama."
- Gold represents a priceless past and a valuable heritage.
- Green is symbolic of growth and the future of community.
- White is the color of courageous legendary Andalusian horse, Destinado, whose remains lie beneath the tree which once stood on the public square at the present site of the Prestwood Building. According to the legend, on the trunk of this tree were carved the letters "ANDALUSIA".
- Blue stands for the water of the Conecuh which was a source of transportation and trade for the pioneer. It is also indicative of rising waters which flooded the lowlands of Montezuma and led to the move to higher ground where Andalusia, Alabama was founded. A definite Aztec Indian influence is exemplified in the name of the first settlement, Montezuma.
- The shield and pikes reflect the special significance of the Spanish explorers who once came through South Alabama.
- The Three Notch tree is synonymous with the area's journey through history. The Three Notch Trail was first an Indian pathway through the forest and later a trading route for the Spanish making their way into Indian territory from Pensacola. The trail, cut and established as a roadway by the army to support its garrison of troops stationed at Fort Mitchell in the Creek Nation, today is represented by two of the main streets in Andalusia. The trail also led settlers to the falls on the Conecuh River.
- The plow symbolizes the importance of homesteaders and farmers who settled in the community.
- The pine boughs portray the timber industry which played a significant role in the economy and in bringing the railroads in 1899.
- The train represents an event which with its coming at the turn of the century transformed a village of approximately 250 to a bustling town in just a few short years.
- The date 1844 was the first official mention of the town as evidenced by the establishment of the post office on July 18, 1844. Andalusia was first incorporated in 1884.
The document for the second flag, and image of the current flag courtesy by Angela Petty, Executive Administrative Assistant, City of Andalusia.
Valentin Poposki, 12 October 2009