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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Flag of Fifteen Stripes

Bicentennial Flag Memorial

 
 
Flag of Fifteen Stripes Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Flag of Fifteen Stripes Marker
Inscription.

Like the new nation, the first Stars and Stripes would see fuller development with the passage of time. Under the much-debated Articles of Confederation of 1781, it was agreed that America would create self-governing States in the western domain rather than extending the original colonial land charters from sea to sea. This action would soon render obsolete the Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777, which assumed the performance of a thirteen-state union.

By 1795, the Flag had fifteen stars and fifteen stripes as Vermont and Kentucky become states. For almost a quarter of a century the fifteen-star and fifteen-stripe flag was the national flag. It was the subject flag of Francis Scott Key's song "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the War of 1812 and the banner carried by the Lewis and Clark and the Zebulon Pike expeditions into Kansas in 1804 and 1806 respectively.

It was Pike who raised the first American Flag over Kansas. Pike's mission was to determine the western boundary of the Louisiana Purchase and to put an end to Spanish claims east of the Rockies. At the northern Kansas Indian settlement of the Pawnee Republic he came upon a Spanish Flag waving in front of the Chief's lodge. After some discussion with the Chief, Pike convinced him to lower the Spanish Flag and hoist the American Flag. Once done, Pike diplomatically
Bicentennial Flag Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
2. Bicentennial Flag Memorial
returned the Spanish Colors to the Chief asking him not to raise them as long as he was in the village.
 
Erected by City of Wichita and Sons of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 37° 41.39′ N, 97° 20.655′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Click for map. Memorial is in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 North Greenway, Wichita KS 67202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stars and Stripes (1818) (here, next to this marker); French Tricolor (here, next to this marker); Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag) (here, next to this marker); Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861) (here, next to this marker); Grand Union Flag (here, next to this marker); Confederate Flag (here, next to this marker); Commander In Chief's Personal Flag (here, next to this marker); Forty-Five Star Flag (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. 15-Star Flag History. (Submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Veterans Memorial Park of Wichita. (Submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Flag of Fifteen Stars and Fifteen Stripes image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Flag of Fifteen Stars and Fifteen Stripes

 
Categories. ExplorationMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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