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Tuolumne County, California (U.S.)

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[Tuolumne County flag] image located by Valentin Poposki, 27 December 2007

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Municipal flags in Tuolumne County:

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Description of the flag

On 19 September 2007, Mike Morris reports in "The Union Democrat" that Tuolumne County has adopted a flag on 18 September 2007:

"The county's Board of Supervisors approved a design Tuesday that shows a profile of Mount Dana - the highest easily-accessible peak in the county - with the words "Tuolumne County" written underneath. Don Hukari, a graphic artist who lives in the Tuolumne area and designed the flag, presented the board with three similar options to choose from.
Supervisor Liz Bass, who led the charge for a county flag, called the unanimous vote a "historic moment." In May, Bass had proposed the county pay Hukari $2,000 to design a county flag. But when the idea was shot down by other supervisors, private donors stepped in to cover the bill. A flag committee, which included Bass and Board Chairman Mark Thornton, was then formed and met several times with Hukari.
Consensus on a county flag has been a long time coming. A contest seeking flag designs was launched more than five years ago by a request from California's Secretary of State that each of the state's 58 counties have a flag displayed in Sacramento. The flag design contest drew about 90 entries, which were narrowed down to nine. But the idea died after supervisors were unable to agree on what the flag should look like. Supervisor Dick Pland - an advocate of using the county seal as the flag - said he's had a change of heart. "I have come to my senses," he said. "It's way too complicated for a flag."
Hukari told supervisors a flag should be simple, easily recognizable and memorable. "A design people can look at and draw themselves," he said. The county flag has three main colors: gold, green and blue. "Gold is the most obvious color association representing the mineral as well as our golden hills," Hukari wrote in a proposal to the board. "Green captures our spring colors as well as the forests in the Sierra. Blue represents our rivers and lakes, and our clear blue sky."
In addition to being displayed on state and county property, the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau and Central Sierra Arts Council may also want to sell flags to individuals who want their own, Hukari said.

The official portal of Tuolumne County presents it as follows:
"The County of Tuolumne (population 57,000) was incorporated in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties in the State of California. Stretching from the foothills to the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tuolumne County is both a recreation paradise and a wonderful place to live. The County contains historic gold mining towns, the pristine Emigrant Wilderness, world- renowned Yosemite National Park, and numerous lakes and rivers. Its proximity to San Francisco (2 hours) and Sacramento (2 hours) makes the County accessible.[...]"

A description, with a photography, references and links, of Mount Dana, can be found on Wikipedia:
Ivan Sache, 29 September 2007

Tuolumne County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Prior to statehood, it had been referred to as Oro County. Parts of the county were given to Stanislaus County in 1854 and to Alpine County in 1864. The name Tuolumne is of Native American origin and has been given different meanings, such as Many Stone Houses, The Land of Mountain Lions and, Straight Up Steep, the latter an interpretation of William Fuller, a native Chief. Mariano Vallejo, in his report to the first California State Legislature, said that the word is "a corruption of the Indian word talmalamne which signifies 'cluster of stone wigwams.'" The name may mean "people who dwell in stone houses," i.e., in caves.

Ivan Sache already reported about the contest for new county flag. Now, here is the result:
Valentin Poposki, 27 December 2007


[seal of Tuolumne County, California] image located by Paul Bassinson, 27 December 2017

Image source:
Paul Bassinson, 27 December 2017