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Ector County, Texas (U.S.)
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image by David Pawson, 2 July 2006
Description of the flag
Named for Mathew D. Ector (1822-1879), Texas legislator-jurist
County Seat: Odessa Area: 903 square miles Pop. (2000): 121,123
Ector County celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1991. In preparation for the event the Ector County Commissioners' Court authorized a contest to design a County Flag. The contest was sponsored by the County, the Heritage of Odessa Foundation, and the Odessa American, with a deadline of 31 October 1990. Sixty-seven entries were submitted.
Entries received included depictions of snakes, cattle, tractors, windmills, and other West Texas creatures and artifacts. All participants in the contest, including elementary school children, college students, teachers, and other adults, received certificates of appreciation.
The winning design, approved by the Commissioners' Court on 28 January 1991, was selected by a panel of judges from the Heritage of Odessa Foundation. The flag, depicting an oil pump jack on a red, white and blue disc, was created by Cotton Hayes, a commercial artist from Odessa.
Mr. Hayes' design was chosen for the simplicity of its uncluttered representation of the mainstay of the West Texas economy -- oil -- and its use of the patriotic red-white-blue combination.
David Pawson, 2 July 2006