Ohio County Flags
The state of Ohio is comprised of 88 counties as diverse as the state itself. The Ohio counties are named after a variety of
people and things. Some are named after Ohio Governors and politicians, and many have Native American names. In addition,
each of Ohio's 88 counties fly a county flag. All 88 county flags are flown at the Ohio Statehouse on special occasions
throughout the year.
Find your county on the list below and learn about your county flag!
In response to the request from the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, all Ross County schools were invited to participate in "Leave a Legacy: Design a Ross County Flag." In 2002, entries from each district were judged by a panel of Commissioners and educators. The winning entry was a team effort by 150 fourth grade students of art teacher Sharon Eley at Unioto Elementary School. Graphic designer, John Catlett created the final version of the Ross County Flag. The flag was adopted by the Ross County Commissioners on December 27, 2005.
Symbols on the flag represent Tecumseh (the arrow), Adena and the Great Seal of Ohio (hills and sun), Chillicothe as the first capital of Ohio (statehouse), mule and canal boat (Erie Canal route), and the star for WWI veterans. The fourth grade children wanted the WWI soldiers represented, because many of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers served in that war. The outline of the county is also imaged on the flag.
Ross County was established in 1798. Territorial Governor Arthur St. Clair named the county after his friend, James Ross, a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.