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

Stars and Stripes (1818)

 
 
Stars and Stripes (1818) Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Stars and Stripes (1818) Marker
Inscription.  

There was considerable concern that the addition of a new stripe for each new state would create hopeless confusion. Therefore, Congress established the still current law that provided that after July 4, 1818 the flag would show thirteen stripes and a new star each time a state was added to the Union. Under this policy, the 1818 Stars and Stripes became a twenty-star and thirteen-stripe flag representing the twenty states at the time and the thirteen original colonies.

Although the Pawnee Indians of Republic County, with the encouragement of Zebulon Pike, were the first to raise an American Flag over Kansas, it is likely that the first White settlement to have the Stars and Stripes displayed was Cantonment Martin. Established in 1819 by the U.S. Army on the Isle on Vache, it would have been the twenty-star flag that served as the Cantonment's garrison flag.
 
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.
Bicentennial Flag Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Bicentennial Flag Memorial
37° 41.39′ N, 97° 20.654′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Memorial is in Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 North Greenway, Wichita KS 67202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flag of Fifteen Stripes (here, next to this marker); Thirty-Four Star Flag (1861) (here, next to this marker); French Tricolor (here, next to this marker); Confederate Flag (was here, next to this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag) (here, next to this marker); Forty-Five Star Flag (here, next to this marker); Grand Union Flag (here, next to this marker); Forty-Eight Star Flag (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. 20-Star Flag (1818-1819). (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.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesPatriots & Patriotism
 
20-Star U.S. Flag (1818) image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. 20-Star U.S. Flag (1818)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on July 1, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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