Oregon’s state flag is just short of a monstrosity. The front has minute details in a seal that are nearly impossible to see on a flag. This double-sided beast is expensive to make and doesn’t fly well because it is so heavy.
The back actually could stand on its own as a flag. (The image would usually be depicted the reverse of this since the beaver would be displayed looking at the hoist.)
Here are a few alternates in order of my preference.
The first is a complete change, other than keeping some yellow and blue from the original. The blue represents the rivers and ocean of western Oregon; the gold the wheat fields of eastern Oregon. The green and the tree are symbols unique to Oregon. 33 stars for the 33rd state.
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