Utah

flag of Utah
The Beehive State
Admitted January 4, 1896

In prepration for the 1903 St. Louis World’s Fair, the Utah Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) created an unofficial flag. It was embroidered by Agnes Frenelius of Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution.

The flag, a field of blue with the coat of arms in white, was officially adopted March 9, 1911.

In 1913, a full color version was adopted.

In 1922, Dollie McMonegal embroidered the flag with an error (the year 1847 was moved outside of the shield). This was copied and reproduced for years, until the error was noticed by vexillologist John M. Hartvigsen in the 1980s.

It wasn’t until February 2011 that Utah adopted a concurrent resolution requiring flag makers to fix the mistake.

Composition

The Utah flag features a field of blue charged with the state coat of arms, centered.

The year 1896 is inscribed below the coat of arms and both are surrounded by a gold ring.

flag of Utah

Iconography

  • an eagle with wings spread sits upon a shield flanked by two U.S. national flags

    eagle

    freedom, strength, the United States

  • two bundles of flowers

    sego lilies

    state flower, peace

  • a beehive with bees flying nearby

    beehive

    hardworking, industry

  • Industry

    motto

    hardworking

  • 1847

    1847

    year Mormons entered Salt Lake Valley

  • 1896

    1896

    year of Utah statehood

Colors

The Utah flag features a field of blue, with supporting colors within the state coat of arms.


Utah statute recommends “natural colors” but does not provide Cable or Pantone values.The hex values here are approximations.
Blue
#012d6a
Red
#e41837
Gold
#ffc324
Honey
#fbaf40
Tan
#bb803a
Brown
#8f4a2d
Green
#01823d
Green 2
#98c63e
White
#ffffff
Gray
#b0b2b3

Construction

Utah statutes do not specify dimensions or proportion for the flag.

A 1909 correspondence between Wm. H. Horstmann Co. and National Guard Adjutant General Edgar A. Wedgewood specified the flag be 52 inches by 66 inches.

It is often produced with these dimensions or with a 3:5 proportion.

construction sheet for the flag of Utah

Previous iterations

  • a field of blue charged with the state coat of arms in white

    1903–1913

    The original DAR flag, adopted in 1911.

  • a field of blue charged with the coat of arms in full color and surrounded by a gold circle; the year 1947 is placed below the shield

    1913–2011

    The coat of arms is changed to full color, encircled with gold. The incorrect McMonegal version is shown here.

  • similar to the current flag but with slightly different artwork

    2011–Present

    A prototype design by the Colonial Flag Company.

  • the current flag

    2011–Present

    An enhanced version of the 2011 prototype created by Perry Van Schelt. This or the prototype version can be used.

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