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Texas State Flag History And Design

Written by
Rob Brittain
Published on
November 30, 2020 at 3:06:00 AM PST November 30, 2020 at 3:06:00 AM PSTth, November 30, 2020 at 3:06:00 AM PST

The History Behind the Texas Flag Design

Nicknamed “The Lone Star State,” Texas was the 28th state to be admitted to the Union by an act of Congress on December 29, 1845, and it will celebrate its 175th birthday in December 2020. The upcoming Texas birthday celebration is also an ideal time to learn more about the history and the design of the state flag. The current Texas state flag design was adopted on January 25, 1839, by the third Congress of the Republic of Texas at a time when Texas was a stand-alone nation that had won its independence from Mexico. Later, when Texas became a part of the United States, it adopted the American flag as its national flag and its former Republic flag as its state flag.

The building blocks of the Texas flag design have remained the same since 1839:

  • A vertical blue stripe, positioned on the hoist side of the flag, that is one third as wide as the entire length of the flag
  • A single, five-pointed, white star that is positioned in the center of the vertical blue stripe
  • Two horizontal stripes that are two thirds as wide as the entire length of the flag and that are positioned to the right of the blue stripe – with a white, horizontal, top stripe and a red, horizontal, bottom stripe

In 1933, Texas’s forty-third Legislature passed a statute that clarified that the Texas state flag’s white star should be approximately one-third the size of the height of the blue stripe.

Mirroring the color symbolism of the American flag, the red in the Texas state flag stands for courage, the blue stands for loyalty and the white stands for purity and liberty. As a bit of flag trivia, did you know that the Texas flag is the only U.S. state flag to have previously served as a flag of a recognized independent country? In addition, the Texas state flag’s single white star was the driving force behind the state earning its “Lone Star State” nickname.


Texas Outdoor Flag Options

Today, you can celebrate The Lone Star State’s birthday by displaying your own Texas state flag. Carrot-Top Industries’ outdoor Texas flags are made in the U.S.A. and come in two of Carrot-Top’s exclusive fabric brands: Patriarch® polyester and Beacon® nylon. These flags are expertly crafted with unsurpassed quality by the most experienced flag makers in the industry. Our flags feature fade-resistant colors, durable fabric and fray-resistant stitching. Both the Patriarch® polyester and the Beacon® nylon outdoor Texas flags are digitally printed with a single reverse finish. Backed by the flag industry’s best six-month guarantee, we are committed to your satisfaction. Our guarantee covers any defects, fading or tearing, starting on the date of purchase. 

Our Patriarch® polyester Texas flags are built with a super-strong, two-ply polyester that has the texture and the feel of cotton. These flags are best for coastal zone locations and areas that frequently experience severe winds. Our Patriarch® Polyester Texas flags are available in a variety of sizes from 3’ x 5’ to as large as 30’ x 60’. Our Beacon® Nylon Texas flags are tailored with tough, durable, lightweight nylon that dries quickly and waves beautifully in the air. These flags are designed for low and moderate wind areas and are available in sizes from 12” x 18” to 15’ x 25’.

Texas outdoor flags, indoor flags, flag sets, flag banners, mini flags and lapel pins are available for order online. To determine the best outdoor flag material for your location and flagpole, please call 800-628-3524 to speak with a Customer Care Professional. You can also submit any questions about your flag order by email or schedule a convenient time for a consultation through Contact Our Team. We offer fast shipping on all of our in-stock products. 

Take a closer look at our outdoor Patriarch® and Beacon® Outdoor Texas flags in our video


Online References: Texas House of Representatives: State Flag of Texas, Wikipedia: Texas, Study.com: The Texas Flag’s History & Meaning