The history of Portland's city flag
Did you know that our city has its very own flag? Like most political entities, Portland has chosen its own design to represent itself in front of the Portland Building on 5th Avenue, City Hall, Pioneer Courthouse Square, fire houses, and many other locations around the city.
Mayor Harry Russell Albee first proposed a city flag in 1917 but the city of Portland had no official city flag until 1970. In 1969, mayor Terry Schrunk prompted the Portland Art Commission to select a designer for an official city flag. The commission's special committee selected former chairman and prominent local graphic designer Douglas Lynch to design the flag, which was adopted in January 1970. 32 years later, Lynch simplified and revised his original design, which was adopted on September 4, 2002.
The design features a green background to symbolize Portland's forests, with intersecting vertical and horizontal blue stripes to represent the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Decorative white stripes converge in a central white star that symbolizes Portland at the center of the flag.
Yellow stripes symbolize both Oregon's abundant grain harvests and the gold of commerce.
You can find several sizes of the City of Portland flag, from a small handheld stick flag to a 5' x 8' nylon flag -plus stickers, patches, and lapel pins- at Elmer's Flag and Banner, Kites Too! Hang it alongside your official Timbers, Blazers, and Winterhawks banners to show your Portland pride. To learn more, stop by Elmer's today!
Elmer's Flag & Banner, Kites Too!
1332 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232