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Wellington, Kansas (U.S.)

Sumner County

Last modified: 2021-06-05 by rick wyatt
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[Flag of Wellington, Kansas] image by Masao Okazaki, 21 May 2021

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Description of the flag

The city of Wellington and the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB sponsored the Wellington Flag Project in October 2020. The contest received 29 entries, from which an official flag was adopted in March 2021.

My "drawing" of the flag was made by downloading images and adding a bit of length to the right to get the 3:5 flag shown in the photos below.

Photos from city Facebook page:

Text from Sumner News Cow

Wellington’s new City Flag.
The good news continued during the meeting when the Council unanimously passed a resolution recognizing Shayna Templeton’s design of the new flag of Wellington. Templeton graduated from WHS in 2015 and designed her flag as an ode to a modern Wellington that’s still connected to its roots:

The silver and red color scheme references the school pride of the city.
The wheat stalks mark us as the “Wheat Capital of the World”.
The stalks themselves resemble train tracks because of the railroad that helped establish Wellington in the first place.

Congratulations to Templeton and the flag will be made public domain so the design is free to use for Wellington residents.
Text from the website of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce:
The Official City of Wellington Flag
Designed by Shayna Templeton

In Ms. Templeton's flag description, she says, "The flag design is symbolic of Wellington’s history. Agriculture, specifically the growing of wheat, has a long and important history in the area. Wellington is the county seat of Sumner County, and the area is known for the abundance of wheat grown every year. The wheat stalks represent the “Wheat Capital of the World”, the title Wellington and Sumner County has become known through the years. The wheat stalks are stylized to represent the railway that was important to Wellington in its early years. According to history, the first railway was a Santa Fe extension known as the “Cowley, Sumner, and Fort Smith Railway Company” and opened in 1879. The first locomotive reached Wellington on September 8, 1879. In 1888, “The Chicago, Kansas, and Nebraska Railroad” completed a line through Wellington. The first train reached Wellington on November 10, 1887. Both rail lines still exist in Wellington. A transcontinental line of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe passes through with Wellington as a crew switch point. A main north-south line of the Union Pacific Railroad runs through the city. There is also a line of the Southern Kansas and Oklahoma Railway entering Wellington from the south. The color scheme of red, silver, and white shows off Wellington school pride. An important history note is that Wellington was the first city to play a high school football game under permanently installed lights. The game was played on the night of September 20, 1929, with over 4,000 spectators witnessing Wellington battle Blackwell, Oklahoma. Football remains an important part of Wellington school pride as does all the activities and sports at Wellington High School."

The flag colors used are: White, Red (Pantone 199C) and Cool Grey (Pantone 9C).

The official flag for the City of Wellington was adopted by the City Council via Resolution No. 6079 on March 16, 2021 and the design is now in the public domain and available for all to use."

Masao Okazaki, 21 May 2021

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