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East Chicago, Indiana (U.S.)

Lake County

Last modified: 2019-08-09 by rick wyatt
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[East Chicago, Indiana flag] image located by Ned Smith, 20 January 2006

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Description of the flag

The flag of the city of East Chicago, Indiana, can be found at which includes the following description:
"The official flag of East Chicago is white, quartered with a wide blue bar running though its center. The upper left and lower right depicts two crosses, which represent the intrepid Jesuit explorers, Marquette, Jolliet, and LaSalle. The beehives in the opposite corners represent the industrial nature of the residents and of industry. The blue band in the center represents the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal, which provides us access to the world markets via Lake Michigan."

The two crosses mentioned for the first and fourth quarters are red and white counterchanged crosses bottony as in the Maryland State flag, but here the red and white portions are laid out in the reverse of how they are on the MD flag.

East Chicago is a city of about 32,000 residents. It was incorporated in 1893 and is located in Lake County.

Ned Smith, 20 January 2006

Any thoughts on why there are exactly 29 busy little bees buzzing around each hive in the two quarters of this flag? No allusions in the text that accompanies the flag on the website. But the design seems to have deliberately placed that precise number of insects in the picture.
Bill Dunning, 20 January 2005

The Seal

[City Seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 20 July 2019

Paul Bassinson, 20 July 2019