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Municipalities listed below have been researched for municipal flags, mainly by searching their websites. Commonly U.S. cities use the city seal on a plain field as the city flag, so we have included information about the city seal where no other flag is known.

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The website at shows the logo consists of a small stylized redwood tree entirely in green.
Ron Lahav, 30 September 2004


The webpage at shows a logo consisting of a large green square, with four rectangles, each with rounded rather than pointed or angular sides. The upper right rectangle contains a brown mountain, with a light blue sky overhead, stylized blue and white waves beneath, and a golden sun in the upper right corner. The upper left rectangle contains a large golden sun in a golden sky. A small group of figures in black, apparently two adults and a child, are walking along a white road into the middle distance in the direction of the sun; on either side of the road are green fields. The lower right rectangle contains an airport terminal building in brick red with white windows. In a blue sky a jet airliner is seen climbing into the sky. The lower left rectangle contains a multistory building in brick red windowed white. Overhead is a bright yellow sky, while the landscaping around the building is green. In front of the building is a light blue pond, and to the left of the pond is a tree with a light green crown and a brown trunk.
Ron Lahav, 3 October 2004

While not knowing for sure, I would say that the terminal building and "jet airliner" represent Travis Air Force Base, on of the primary reasons for Fairfield's size and importance. The "airliner" could be an Air Force cargo plane which are frequently seen in the skies over Fairfield. On my screen, the upper left corner looks more like green and white lines, not blue and white as reported, under the hill, which would be consistent with the farming associated with the area around Fairfield. Fairfield was a farming community before the housing boom with commuters from the Bay Area.
Michael P. Smuda, 4 October 2004

The Fairfield City Clerk informed me that Fairfield does not have a city flag, but merely flies the S&S and Golden Bear flags on the same flagpole in front of City Hall. The logo was designed by the Senior Graphic Artist within the government. It was commissioned by the then mayor to be used on his letterhead, but the design proved so popular that it came to replace the existing logo. However, it was never formally adopted by the City Council or put to a vote; and consequently it would appear that the logo itself has no actual legal status.
    With respect to the actual design of the logo, all that the clerk was able to provide was that it exists in the shape of four quadrants (her term). The upper left depicts Twin Sisters Peak in the Suisun Valley, with agricultural crops below, and represents the importance of agriculture both in the past and in today's Fairfield. The upper right corner represents family life in Fairfield and shows the city parks and recreational facilities. The bottom left corner shows an airplane and represents Travis Air Force Base, which is located within the city boundaries, and also a large industrial building representing economic development and work opportunities. The bottom right corner shows City Hall and the Civic Center park and lake, and represents government. The slogan 'Heart of Solano County', signifies Fairfield's geographical location within Solano County and also the fact that it is also the county seat.
    The city also has an official seal, which consists of a circle with 'some sort of sunburst design' in the center and the name of the city around the border. Nobody knows anything about this seal; it has apparently always been in existence as it appears on official documents as early as the 1870s.
    The logo exists only in the form of an enameled pin which city officials, council members, etc, wear.
Ron Lahav, 14 October 2004


The webpage at shows a seal that exists only in the form of a black and white line drawing. The outer ring is toothed and forms a giant cogwheel. At the top of this ring are the words 'CITY OF FIREBAUGH' in block letters, the word 'OF' being somewhat smaller in size. At the lower right is the date 1854 and at the lower left the date 1914. The word 'CALIFORNIA' is written at the bottom, also in large block letters. The central image consists of a sun rising into the sky over a range of hills. In the foreground a river extends into the far distance, apparently emptying into an ocean; this is incongruous  as Firebaugh is in the center of the San Joaquin Valley, as far from the ocean as it is possible to get. On either side of the river are plowed fields, while in the foreground are figures/structures which I cannot identify.
Ron Lahav, 3 October 2004


A color image of the Folsom City seal is among the many logos shown at
Ned Smith, 3 October 2004

Fort Bragg

Named after General Braxton Bragg, one of only six men ever to hold the rank of full general in the Army of the Confederate States of America. Known as a martinet and a generally disagreeable person (Allan Nevins, the American historian of the Civil War, described Bragg as 'an incompetent commander, an impossible subordinate, and an unpleasant colleague'), Bragg had had a brilliant record in the Mexican War, and the California city was named after him; it bears no relationship except for being named after the same person with Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the major U.S. Army base. General Bragg was once alleged to have exchanged angry memos with himself as he was acting in a dual capacity as both a regimental commander and Post Quartermaster. He had been expected to be the Supremo of all Confederate Forces (he himself used that term), and initially he was considered superior to Robert E lee in most areas. His basic problem, militarily speaking (aside from his personality) was that he was essentially a textbook general, and although both Union and Confederate generals had used the same text, that of the French military theorist Jomini, Bragg's former colleagues were prepared to throw away the book when necessary; Bragg never forgave the Yankees for not playing according to the rules. General Philip Sheridan, who himself was not one of God's little sunbeams, and who had served under Bragg in the prewar army, referred to him as 'the meanest, miserablest bastard I have ever had the misfortune to encounter.'
    The seal of Fort Bragg, California, shown on the webpage at, is as idiosyncratic as the man for whom the town was named after. In a standard circular format within a blue outer ring are the words 'CITY OF FORT BRAGG' in white block letters, with the word 'CALIFORNIA' written similarly at the bottom. All this seems straightforward enough; it is only when we get to the central image that an air of surrealism creeps in. In the foreground an immense Douglas fir juts from a broad base to a point touching the bottom of the outer ring. This tree is in green, and the sky on both sides is light blue. However, in the lower foreground, in the midst of the foliage, a fish is seen cavorting; it is white trimmed in blue.
Ron Lahav, 3 October 2004


The website at shows no municipal heraldry.
Ron Lahav, 11 October 2004

Fountain Valley

The web page at shows the seal in the standard circular format, with the inner fimbriation in gold and the outer in black. The upper half of the outer circle is deep blue, with the words 'CITY OF FOUNTAIN VALLEY' in large silver block letters. The bottom half of the outer circle is black, with the words 'ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA' in smaller silver block letters. Across the entire width of the seal the words 'Fountain Valley' are written fesswise in gold script. The central image is divided; the upper two-thirds consists of a blue fountain dividing the green field in two. In the middle distance is a range of dark brown mountains. Overhead there is a pale blue sky with fluffy white clouds, and some sort of geometric figure in blue in the center. The bottom third is also in deep blue, with the city motto, 'A NICE PLACE TO LIVE' in small white block letters. directly below this is some sort of artistic dividing line, with the date of the city's incorporation, June 13, 1957, written in a similar font.
Ron Lahav, 11 October 2004


The web page at shows the seal uses the standard circular format, fimbriated in black throughout. The outer concentric circle has a white background; on it the top half of the circle contains the words 'CITY OF FULLERTON' in large black block letters, with the word 'CALIFORNIA' appearing in somewhat smaller letters in the bottom half. The central image has a gray field; to the right is a multicolored vertical rectangle, while to the left are two tall figures in  red, blue, and gold robes. Superimposed over the rectangle is an open book in white with black trim, which also impinges on the figure on the right of the group. This seal is copyrighted.
Ron Lahav, 11 October 2004


The web page at  shows the logo which consists of a large black circle, broken at the bottom by a highway road sign which interrupts the arc of the circle. The sign is white with a black edge, and the words 'City of' written in very small olive lower-case letters and the word 'GALT' in large black block lettering. Within the circle the letter 'G' is written in extremely large block lettering. Within this letter is a sandhill crane in full flight, with wings, neck, and legs extended; the bird is in shades of gray and black, and its wings penetrate above the letter itself. To the right of the crane is a water tower, all in very pale gray, while within the cusp of the letter are several stalks of golden wheat.
Ron Lahav, 11 October 2004

Galt does not have a municipal flag. The design of the municipal logo is unknown, as is the date of adoption. They have been in use since at least 1996. The water tower in the logo is the tallest structure in Galt. It is visible for several miles on clear days and is used as a landmark in aerial navigation. The Sandhill Crane marks the largest breeding ground for these birds near Galt. The wheat sheaves represent the importance of agriculture to the city.
Liz Aguire, City Clerk of Galt, 20 October 2004

Garden Grove

The website at shows no civic heraldry.
Ron Lahav, 21 October 2004

The municipal code contains the detailed description of the city seal.
Michael Smuda, 22 October 2004

Grand Terrace

The website at shows a logo that consists of a photo, apparently taken through a blue filter, of the Blue Mountains. The contours of the  mountains are outlined in light blue, and extend outside the frame of the photo. At the top of the photo are the words 'The Blue Mountain City' in small white lower-  case script lettering, while at the bottom the words 'Grand Terrace' are written in larger lower-case white script. Beneath the photo the word 'CALIFORNIA' is written in blue in a modern block letter font, with a thin blue line underneath.
Ron Lahav, 21 October 2004

Grass Valley

The website at shows the seal in a circular format. The outer circle is gold edged in gray. At the top of this outer circle are the words 'CITY OF GRASS VALLEY' in large black block letters using an Old West style font. At each side of this circle is a black five-pointed star, while at the bottom of the outer circle the words 'NEVADA CO., CALIFORNIA' are written in a similar font. The central image depicts in the left foreground a miner's cabin in brown, with a green roof and black windows; there is a gray chimney with a plume of white smoke curling from it. To the right of the cabin is a river in full spate, in blue with white wavelets, while to the right of the river is a light green hillside dotted with dark green trees. In the immediate foreground is an ochre wagon drawn by two white horses; in the bed of the wagon is an object covered with what appears to be a gray tarpaulin, while the driver seems to be wearing a red checked shirt and blue jeans. The whole is covered by a dark blue sky with an illegible motto at the top of the image; this motto is written in small white block letters, also using an Old West font; the motto is divided into two unequal parts by the smoke from the abovementioned chimney.
Ron Lahav, 24 October 2004


The website at shows a very striking circular seal in brown with green fimbriation at the outer edge and the same in gold at the inner edge. At the top of the outer circle are the words 'HEART OF THE VALLEY' on red block letters, with 'CITY OF GREENFIELD' in white block letters at the bottom. The central image is divided into two equal halves; the upper half consists of two mountains in gold, while behind them are two additional mountains in brown whose contours are traced in gold. Above the mountains are three white clouds of different sizes. The lower half of the central image depicts a winding highway outlined in white with stylized traffic also in white; this highway curves from the lower left towards the gold mountains. To the right of the highway is an orchard in light green, while to the left are four rows of cultivated crops, also in light green.
Ron Lahav, 24 October 2004


The website at shows the seal in a very small format, which makes it difficult for me to distinguish details. It is circular, as usual, with a  background color of white and edged and fimbriated black. The outer circle is very narrow, and contains at the top the words 'CITY OF GUADALUPE' in black  block letters, while at the bottom the word 'CALIFORNIA' is similarly written. The central image seems to consist at the left of a mission steeple in pale yellow with a brown roof; there is a large window framed in black, which seems to show a brown bell. Immediately to the right of this is some sort of structure flying a S&S; I  cannot determine what this structure might be, nor can I count the stars in the flag.
Ron Lahav, 24 October 2004

Half Moon Bay

On a page linked from is the city seal of Half Moon Bay, California. Not only is it very colorful, but it is the first such seal which I have encountered with the city motto in Spanish rather than English or Latin. Within the standard circular format the outer concentric circle is white with thin black external edging, thicker black internal edging, and black fimbriation. At the top of the seal the city motto is written in black block letters; the motto is 'VIVIR.TRABAJAR.JUGAR', with black dots before and after the word 'TRABAJAR'. Translated into English, the motto reads 'TO LIVE.TO WORK.TO  PLAY.' At the lower right and lower left flanks there are two artistic symbols, while at the bottom of the outer circle the words 'HALF MOON BAY' are written in English in black block letters. The central image is extremely colorful and vivid: a vermillion sun rises into a white sky, with two stylized black sea birds at the upper right. The waters of the bay itself are shown in light blue, with black breakers at the shore. The left shoreline consists of vermillion cliffs with black grass on their tops, while in the immediate foreground cultivated fields are shown in black and white rows. The right foreground shows two trees of different heights, also in black, while in the center of the bay is an early sailing ship, again in black. As it is generally believed that Half Moon Bay was first discovered and explored by Sir Francis Drake, the ship could well be a representation of the 'Golden Hind'.
Ron Lahav, 28 October 2004


The website at shows an interesting seal, circular in format, in black with a white fimbriation. The outer circle has the words 'CITY OF HANFORD' in gold block letters at the top and 'CALIFORNIA' similarly written at the bottom. The central image is divided per fess by a white ribbon outlined in black and cut in at both ends, with the words 'PLANNING TOMORROW' written in small black block letters on it. The upper half of the image features eight white and seven golden rays gyronny, with a black crown superimposed on them. The lower part of the central image shows a broad golden field, presumably of wheat, in the foreground, with a red tractor with black wheels in the center of the field. Behind the field is an industrial skyline in white and black, above which is a pale blue sky.
Ron Lahav, 24 October 2004

A variant of the Hanford, California, municipal seal can be found at the municipal web site at version of the city seal differs materially from that found on the site. The two versions of the seal are both in circular format, but after that the differences begin to multiply. The version on the municipal site has an outer circle in blue, with thick black outer edging and thin black fimbriation and also internal edging. At the top of the outer circle the words 'CITY OF HANFORD' are written in gold block letters, with the word 'CALIFORNIA' similarly written at the bottom. At the center of each side of the outer circle are four miniscule golden dots arranged horizontally. The central image itself shows a very marked difference from the version depicted on the CoC site; the upper half of the central image, instead of having solar rays arranged gyronny vermillion and white as on the CoC version, it has a medium blue background color with seven rays emerging at different angles from a central point, a gold ribbon indented at each end and edged in black with the words 'PLANNING TOMORROWS' written in small blue block letters written horizontally across it. This ribbon divides the central image fesswise. In the foreground of the upper half of the central image is a black open crown with a golden interior. That this is not a stylized representation of a crowned sun can be shown by pointing out that not only do the seven rays not emerge from it, but also that there is actually a space between the base of the crown and the gold ribbon. The bottom half of the central image shows a green field with a few brown lines in the upper right corner to denote cultivation. In the center of the green field is a black tractor pulling a similarly colored harrower. Behind them is an industrial skyline, also in black, and over all is a medium blue sky.
Ron Lahav, 30 October 2004


The website at shows the municipal logo in a very small format, which makes it particularly difficult to distinguish its various discrete elements, particularly within the central image. It consists of a square with rounded rather than rectangular corners, with an outer square composed in like manner surrounding the central image. A transverse bar divides the two halves of the central image per fess. This central image, for its part, also consists of four smaller squares, each with three rectangular and one rounded corner; I am unable to distinguish the designs on these internal squares. The outer square is gold in color and contains at the top in black block letters the words 'HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA', with the city motto, 'CITY OF GOOD NEIGHBORS', similarly written at the bottom. Across the transverse bar the words 'INCORPORATED 1920' are written in smaller black block letters; I was unable to read the actual words myself, but I obtained this information from reading the historical sketch of the city.
Ron Lahav, 31 October 2004

Hawthorne is known as the City of Good Neighbors. The four rectangles represent our community. They are as follows:

  • Left-top corner - We ran our own water system but unfortunately due to bad economic times we had to lease it to generate some income.
  • Right-top corner - We run our own airport that is next to Northrop Grumman. This company was responsible for many of the aircraft up in the air. Northrop sold this part of the company to Vought Aircraft a few years ago but the airport is still city run.
  • Left-bottom corner - Our community is a melting pot of people performing many roles that make our city run smooth (ie - fire fighters, police officers, sanitation, public works, etc)
  • Right-top corner - This corner represents industry from the mom and pop store to major corporations. Business creates tax dollars which is the life blood of the city. As the wheel of progress turns, so does the progress of of the improving the quality of life.
City Clerk Daniel Juarez , 26 January 2005


The website at shows an unusual logo, consisting of a long horizontal ellipse in black, white, and pale pastels, with a black fimbriation creating a narrower ellipse encircling the central image. This narrow ellipse is blank. The large horizontal ellipse is bisected by a large dark green grape leaf on which is superimposed a white rectangle edged in black, the same containing the words 'CITY OF HEALDSBURG' in black block letters. The right half of the central image depicts cultivated land in black with very pale blue rows, with black trees in the background and overall a pale blue sky with a white cloud. The left half of the central image depicts a shoreline in pale blue, separated from a roadway similarly colored by a strip of black ground, again with a pale blue sky and a white cloud overhead.
Ron Lahav, 31 October 2004


The website at shows no municipal heraldry as such. However, this city was founded as a company town by the Hercules Powder Company, the largest manufacturer of dynamite and gunpowder in the U.S. during much of the 19th and 50th Centuries. A label from one of this company's products, featuring its eponymous hero, can be seen on the Home page of the web site.
Ron Lahav, 31 October 2004

Hermosa Beach

The website at shows the municipal seal. On a compass rose in black and white, the compass points being of differing sizes and filled in with a gray background material, is a seal in standard circular format. The seal has black outer edging and a thin gray fimbriation. At the top of the outer circle are the words 'CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH' written in black block letters; the font uses squat, elongated letters and numbers, and the date '1907' is written in a similar format at the bottom. The central image is quite complex, consisting as it does of a monogram of the letters 'H' and 'b', the initial letters of the name of the city. The letter 'H' is written in upper-case, with the left-hand vertical forming the stem of the lower-case letter 'b'. The monogram divides the central image into four quarters, with different symbols in each; however, with the exception of three stylized waves in the upper right quarter, obviously representing the sea, I am unable to interpret the other three symbols.
Ron Lahav, 8 November 2004

A slightly bigger image is at and a much bigger, but monochrome and partly obscured image is at the top of the page already cited. Also, from a local newspage, "Local historian John Hales....who designed the city seal, said he used a local cattle brand registered in 1848 as part of the design, and that brand has marked the seals of the Hermosa Beach Historical Society and the Hermosa Beach City School District as well."
Ned Smith, 31 October 2004


The website at shows a logo that consists of a tree (variety unknown) anchored in the base of an equilateral triangle which in turn is the angle formed by two lines describing an arc of a circle. The top of the tree protrudes above the circumference of the arc, and the tree itself has a brown trunk and green crown. The upper part of this circumference depicts a rosy sunrise peeping above the top of a mountain, with four thin golden lines extending from the anchoring point of the tree to the branches themselves. A yellow ribbon stretches across the entire width of the apex of the larger triangle and contains the word 'HESPERIA' in thin blue block lettering. The lower triangle is bright blue, and is separated from the base of the tree trunk by a thin white horizontal line. Within this base the date '1988' appears in miniscule white numbers.
Ron Lahav, 9 November 2004

This tree is a Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) and is emblematic for the Mojave Desert, in which Hesperia is located.
Peter R. Wolfe, 9 March 2005

The date 1988 is the year the city was incorporated.
Thomas Powell, 12 May 2006


The website at shows no civic heraldry.
Ron Lahav, 9 November 2004



The website at shows a complicated logo in bright blue and gold, depicting a spire, with the name of the city in bright blue fancy script beneath, and underneath this two small words in small bright blue block lettering. The base of the logo is formed by two golden baskets of local agricultural produce separated by a small white tablet outlined in blue with the date '1867' written in miniscule blue numbers on it.
Ron Lahav, 9 November 2004

The spire which is the center piece of the logo belongs to the building occupied by the local Masonic Lodge, or Masonic Temple in American usage. The structure was erected in 1907, and is thus one of the oldest buildings in Hollister. The mechanism of the clock antedates the actual clock by about twenty years; it was purchased second-hand and then installed when the tower was built. Although the building itself has no municipal connotations, it has been used as a symbol of the city from the time it was constructed. The logo itself was designed about 18 years ago by a local committee and was approved and adopted by Resolution of the City Council at that time. In the logo itself, underneath the large word 'HOLLISTER' written in an artistic font, are two smaller words which read 'Hometown, California' and the date of the city's incorporation, 1872, on a tablet in the center of the framework forming the base of the logo, between the two cornucopias.  Hollister does not have a flag.
Geri Johnston, City Clerk, 15 November 2004


The website at shows the seal of Holtville in the standard circular format, with a wide outer circle in slate blue fimbriated white and black both internally and externally and with a black external edging. This outer ring contains the words 'CITY of HOLTVILLE' in both upper and lower case letters using a Times Roman font. At each side of the outer ring, and descending down each flank, are five five pointed silver stars, making ten such stars in all. At the bottom of the outer ring is the date '1908'. The central seal contains a slate blue sky over brown and umber mountains; beneath these mountains are rectangular green cultivated fields bisected by blue irrigation ditches. In the lower right foreground there seems to be a carrot proper, which apparently is the symbol of Holtville (perhaps reflecting market gardening, a major form of agriculture practiced locally), while in the lower left foreground is a Conestoga wagon, commonly known as a covered wagon in white and brown. The wagon is pulled by a team of two oxen in brown, and there seem to be two small human figures, one standing beside the left-hand ox while the other appears seated on the wagon itself.
Ron Lahav, 14 November 2004

Huntington Beach

The website at shows a fitting logo for 'Surf City USA'. It consists of a large white inner circle with a very narrow white outer circle around it. Radiating from the logo are several faint white circles which appear on a background of blue, old gold, and gray. The innermost of these radiant circles is faintly filled in with a dark gray color. The central image is bisected by a vertical golden surfboard, which does not reach to either the top or the bottom of the circle. This surfboard itself is bisected by a red vertical stripe. Superimposed on the surfboard are the words 'Surf City' in upper and lower case dark blue lettering, while on either side of the board are the letters 'H' and 'B' respectively.
Ron Lahav, 9 November 2004

A vertical version of this flag is archived here. Source: unknown.
Valentin Poposki, 25 August 2005

The official website of Huntington Beach shows a completely different flag as the city flag- blue with a large white and gold emblem. See the photo at - the photo and accompanying text can be seen in context towards the bottom of the page at where it specifically says "Three flagpoles now stand next to the pier, featuring the American flag, the POW/MIA flag, the California State flag, and the City of Huntington Beach flag."  I found the photo on a web gallery which says it was taken in Huntington Beach, but it doesn't say it is the city flag- see Right-clicking to check properties reveals the file name as "Surf-City-Flag". Since Surf City is a nickname for Huntington Beach maybe this is an unofficial tourism flag.
Ned Smith, 26 August 2005

Huntington Park

The website at shows that the municipal heraldry of this city features both standard American forms as well as a proper heraldic coat of arms in the central image. The seal itself is in circular format, with a very wide outer ring in old gold containing the words 'CITY OF HUNTINGTON PARK' in very narrow black block lettering at the top and 'CALIFORNIA' similarly written at the bottom. The central image is a properly heraldic coat of arms. On a background divided fesswise light and dark blue is a shield with a horizontal top and coming to a point at the bottom fimbriated white and depicting an urban landscape in old gold and blue beneath a blue and white mountain, the whole surmounted by a blue sky with white clouds. Above the shield is a bald eagle with wings outstretched facing dexter. The eagle grasps a golden wheel in its talons; the lower portion of the wheel rests on the top of the shield. This shield is supported in turn by a golden bear, the symbol of the state of California, on its right, and by a Native American woman holding an infant on the left. Beneath the shield is the municipal motto, written in illegible white lettering upon a brown ribbon, while beneath this are the words 'INCORPORATED' and an illegible date on a blue field.
Ron Lahav, 9 November 2004


The website at shows the seal of Huron.  It is an outline drawing in white on a black square, whose upper corners are rounded rather than forming perfect right angles. The seal itself is in the standard circular format, with both outer edging and fimbriation; because it only appears in a B&W format, it is impossible to speculate on the actual colors of the emblem. Furthermore, there are no hyperlinks to any of Huron's municipal officials, so that I am unable to determine what the actual colors of the seal may be. At the top of the outer circle the words 'City of Huron' are written in upper and lower case letters, with the word 'California' similarly written at the bottom of the outer circle. At the lower right and left respectively are two large dots. The central image depicts a cornucopia disgorging its wealth - this image extends into the outer ring. Underneath the seal itself are the words 'Incorporated May 3, 1951' in small upper and lower case letters, while at the bottom of the square and written inside a label are the words 'The Heart of The Valley' in the same format and style as with the previous inscriptions.
Ron Lahav, 16 November 2004

Continued: California Municipal Symbols I-L