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Pierre, South Dakota (U.S.)

Hughes County

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[Flag of Pierre, South Dakota] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 May 2008

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Description of the flag

The NAVA image at and shown in Kaye 2004 and Purcell 2003 shows a ~5:8 white flag with a large seal centered on it. This seal shows as river sunset scene with factory and train, both fuming, and a wide border with cord-like golden edges, on which it is written "City of Pierre" above and "incorporated 1883" below, all in golden serif capitals, separated by golden two six-pointed stars:
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 May 2008

Detail of seal

[Seal of Pierre, South Dakota] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 May 2008

1937 flag

The City Flag, designed by Henry M. Reed, was adopted at a City Commission meeting on May 25, 1937. The body of the flag was green, to represent Pierre as the green city of parks and lawns. In the center was an outline of the state capitol with white letters "Pierre" above and "The Capital City" below. The border was scarlet, representing American Indian life which surrounded this area. The original flag contained miniature flags in each corner--American in the upper left, British in the upper right, French in the lower left, and Spanish in the lower right--representing the possessors of this territory since the discovery of America. Flags which were produced for everyday display did not have these miniatures.
Dov Gutterman, 29 December 2002

The two variants of a completely different city flag from the one in use today were described at, an the official website. This page is now unavailable, and the current official website (though apparently lacking any mention to a city flag) shows at the white flag with seal (context at, behind the Mayor. So we can safely assume that the 1937 green flag with red border, in both its versions, is forgotten.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 May 2008