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Tulsa, Oklahoma (U.S.)

Tulsa County

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[flag of Tulsa, Oklahoma] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 July 2006

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Description of the flag


The Corporate Seal of the City of Tulsa shall be in the shape of a modified vertical ellipse. The upper one-third of this ellipse shall be a gold field. Superimposed on this field, in the optical center and pointing upward shall be an Indian projectile point (arrowhead) of the Snyder variety in black and white facets. To the left and adjacent to the base of this arrowhead there shall be the numerals "1" and "8". To the right and adjacent to the base of this arrowhead there shall be the numerals "9" and "8", together representing the year 1898. Superimposed upon and circumscribing the curved edge of the gold field there shall appear two rows of five-pointed blue stars, forty-six (46) in number.
The lower left quadrant of the seal shall be a black field with a stylized white oil derrick superimposed upon and centered in the field.
The lower right quadrant of the seal shall be a blue field with parallel horizontal white lines. Each line shall be composed of a series of arcs to suggest a wave form.
The upper gold field, the lower left black quadrant and the lower right blue quadrant shall be separated from each other to form the letter "T" in white. Circumscribing the lower half of the seal in Lincoln Gothic type style shall be the words "CITY OF TULSA OKLAHOMA" in gold capital letters.
Any reproduction of the Corporate Seal shall be substantially as described herein. Ord. No. 11022

The City Clerk shall be the lawful custodian of the Corporate Seal for the City of Tulsa, and he shall affix the same to all documents requiring the Seal.

A. The flag design described herein is hereby accepted as the Official Flag of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
B. The flag design shall be the corporate seal of the City of Tulsa as described herein, positioned on both sides of a white material measuring six
(6) feet, four (4) inches by four (4) feet, with the seal measuring two (2) feet, six (6) inches from top to bottom located in the center of the white material.
C. Any reproduction of the flag shall be substantially as shown herein.
Ord. No. 12916

Dov Gutterman, 3 December 2002

1941-1973 flag

[former flag of Tulsa, Oklahoma] image by Albert Kirsch

The second was a 5-striped flag with the map on it, or so it appears, from the 1940s-70s. The colors are not known. Purcell (American City Flags) does not mention it and there seems to be some mystery about it.
Albert Kirsch, 11 July 2004

1923-1941 flag

[first flag of Tulsa, Oklahoma] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 July 2006

The first flag of Tulsa apparently was a "rising sun" look-alike (with blue rays; gyronny, sort of) from the 1920s to the 40s (Purcell 2003: American City Flags has this one).
Albert Kirsch, 11 July 2004

New Tulsa flag project (2017)

Three finalists were revealed on April 26, in the effort to update Tulsa’s city flag. The project began in November 2016 and submissions have been weeded down to three flags, now going into a public-voting phase.

[proposed flags of Tulsa, Oklahoma] image located by Vexinews, 29 April 2017

Jacob Johnson and Joey Wignarajah have spearheaded the effort with Tulsa City Council support. The council anticipates eventually calling a council vote to adopt a new flag.

   The argument for a new flag is that the current flag is simply the city’s seal on a white background. A city ordinance makes it illegal to attach the city seal to anything without express permission from the city — making something as simple as printing a shirt with the city flag on it a municipal crime. Organizers also argue that the current flag is just not good — falling well behind on modern flag design and theory.

   The information-gathering phase brought in 600 pieces of unique input that leaders said fell largely into a few categories. About a third involved Tulsa’s oil and gas industry; another 30 percent regarded the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot; and other input included Tulsa’s geography in relation to the Arkansas River and Turkey Mountain, and Tulsa’s music scene. The input led into a design-gathering phase in January that was extended to accommodate more residents who wanted to submit their flag-design proposals. In total, about 250 designs were reviewed.
Vexinews, 29 April 2017

The flag selection process is described at

Vexinews, 10 June 2017