The Colorado State flag mirrors the beauty and resources of “the Centennial State”. Admitted to the union in 1876 as the 38th state, Colorado became a state 100 years after the nation was born. The Colorado flag consists of three horizontal stripes. The blue stripes at the top and bottom symbolize clear blue skies while the middle white stripe represents Colorado’s snow-capped mountains. The red “C” denotes the state’s red soil and the gold within the “C” represents both the sunshine enjoyed by Coloradans and state’s gold mines. The Colorado flag was designed by Andrew Carlisle Johnson and adopted in 1911.