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Palo Alto, California

Last modified: 2006-08-05 by rick wyatt
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[flag of Palo Alto, California] image provided by Rachelle Ungaretti, 24 November 2004

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Flag Description

Palo Alto does have a city flag. It was designed by a city employee and officially adopted by the City Council in 1967. The employee was Christa Gupton. The flag has the city seal on the middle band with a band of blue and green on either side. The seal includes El Palo Alto, the old redwood tree (more than 1000 years old) that is the symbol for both the city and Stanford University. The tree was spotted by Spanish explorers to California in the late 18th century, and was quite distinctive as it was a double-trunked tree out on the valley floor rather than in the hills where most of the coastal redwoods were to be found. One of the trunks fell sometime in the 1880's, a few years before the city and Stanford University were established. Further information is available at
Steve Staiger, 21 April 2005

At the city seal is in a circular format, but it is unusual in two respects: first, there is no external border around the circle; and second, there are not one but two outer rings surrounding the central image. The background color of the entire seal is gold, with the words 'CITY OF PALO ALTO' in blue block lettering at the top of the outermost circle, with the word 'CALIFORNIA' similarly written at its bottom. Within the outermost circle, at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions respectively, are two black five pointed stars. The middle ring contains the word 'INCORPORATED' at the top and an illegible date in miniscule black lettering at the bottom. The central image contains a redwood tree proper. A larger version of this seal can be found at .
Ron Lahav, 29 March 2005