Thursday, April 24, 2003

Ohio Moments


State's geography, history reflected in flag

[IMAGE]
On April 24, 1902, John Eisenmann - creator of Ohio's flag - transferred his patent to the state. The General Assembly made it the official state flag May 9.

Ohio had no flag until 1901, when Eisenmann, architect of the Ohio Building at the Pan-American Exposition, made the flag that flew over the building.

Ohio's flag is distinctive because of its swallow-tail design (called a burgee) and is the only pennant-shaped state flag. Eisenmann said the triangles formed by the main lines of the flag represent Ohio's hills and valleys. The stripes symbolize roads and waterways. And the stars, grouped around a circle (which represents the Northwest Territory), indicate the 13 original states. Four additional stars indicate Ohio's position as the 17th state to join the Union. The white circle with the red center also represents the initial letter of Ohio and is suggestive of it being the Buckeye State.

Rebecca Goodman

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com or call (513) 768-8361.




TOP STORIES
Sneezing, wheezing worse this year
City schools dropped lead inspections
Flower show has a winner with its new Coney venue

IN THE TRISTATE
Adopt all reforms or none, Luken tells council
DNA leads to rape arrest
Trusts ensure future of disabled
Obituary: Michael Joseph Curro
Bengals' Lewis addresses NAACP
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
PULFER: Laci Peterson
KORTE: City Hall
HOWARD: Some Good News

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
MU raises tuition, switches to one rate
Do-it-yourselfers discover human skull amid debris
Butler computer links long overdue
Teen indicted in attack on Y literacy tutor
Exchange teachers on tour
Lebanon council bails on new sidewalks
Butler Republican fund-raiser features Fox roast
Amelia senior wins new car for safe driving

OHIO
Ohio GOP senator stands firm as block to Bush cut
As governor, Voinovich watched the bottom line
Use of eminent domain blasted
College students who died in arson are remembered
Ohio Moments
Ohio pushes for cleanup of waste at closed plant
Can DNA testing solve '30s mystery?

KENTUCKY
Attorney: Accused priest in Canada
Newport had to destroy neighborhood to save it
Airport noise complaints up as tests continue