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Augusta, Maine (U.S.)

Kennebec County

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[Flag of Augusta, Maine] 2:3 image(s) by permission of David B. Martucci
image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright.



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Current Flag

Text and image(s) from American City Flags, Raven 9-10 (2002-2003), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) from American City Flags by permission of David B. Martucci.

Design

The field of Augusta’s flag is divided diagonally, from the lower hoist to the upper fly, blue over green. In the center of the flag is the central portion of the city’s seal in white, outlined in red. Above the seal is CITY • OF • AUGUSTA, and below it 1754, all in white. The order of the city council establishing the flag states: ORDERED, that the official flag of the city of Augusta be a rectangular blue and green flag with the name of the city, the date 1754, and the city seal in the center thereof. The lower center of the seal depicts an Abenaki warrior in a canoe on the eastern side of the Kennebec River, viewing Fort Western along with its storehouses and the southwest blockhouse. A guard in colonial-era dress stands with his musket at the open gate door. Further behind is the 1829 statehouse. Clouds and trees embellish the design.

Note: The design does not follow the ordinance, as the complete seal should be shown on the flag, including the outer ring with CITY OF AUGUSTA at the top of the seal, and ESTABLISHED 1754 below, separated by two Abenaki arrowheads pointing downward.
James Croft, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Symbolism

Augusta was founded in 1754 with the building of Fort Western during the French and Indian Wars; the building still stands and serves as the city’s museum. The image of the 1829 statehouse, which opened in 1832, honors Augusta’s status as Maine’s state capital.
James Croft, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Selection

A contest in the elementary school system.
Adopted: 20 February 1961
James Croft, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

Designer

Unknown.
James Croft, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003

More about the Flag

The symbolism of the colors, if any, is not given. When displayed indoors the flag is bordered with gold fringe. The city seal was designed by an Augusta policeman, Officer Caroll W. Black, who took artistic license with the placement of the buildings, since Fort Western and the 1829 statehouse actually stand on opposite sides of the river.
James Croft, American City Flags, Raven 9-10, 2002-2003