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

Forty-Five Star Flag

Bicentennial Flag Memorial

 
 
Forty-Five Star Flag Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Forty-Five Star Flag Marker
Inscription.

The United States emerged from the ordeal of the Civil War with deep gulfs of mistrust and bitterness. Reconstruction was lengthy. Then during the 1870's the natural wealth of the country, the industrious people, further expansion beyond the Mississippi, and industrialization all came together to forge a country of international prominence.

By the time the forty-fifth star was added to the flag in 1896, Alaska had been acquired; basketball had been invented (1891); Congress had its first annual budget of one billion dollars (1891); and a severe economic depression had slowed industrialization (1893). The year 1898 also marked the beginning of the thirty-third consecutive year of peace, the longest in the nation's history without a major war. But the quiet was suddenly shattered on February 15, 1898. The battleship "Maine" had been exploded in Havana harbor. Congress declared a state of war with the Spanish on April 21, 1898. At the conclusion of 114 days of fighting, the forty-five star flag had become the flag of a major imperial power.
 
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° 
Bicentennial Flag Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Bicentennial Flag Memorial
41.393′ N, 97° 20.654′ 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. Confederate Flag (here, next to this marker); Forty-Eight Star Flag (here, next to this marker); Fifty Star Flag (here, next to this marker); Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861) (here, next to this marker); Stars and Stripes (1818) (here, next to this marker); Flag of Fifteen Stripes (here, next to this marker); French Tricolor (here, next to this marker); Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag) (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. 45-Star Flag History. (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Veterans Memorial Park of Wichita. (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar, Spanish-American
 
Forty-Five Star Flag image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Forty-Five Star Flag
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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