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located by Olivier Touzeau
McMullen County employs a cream-colored standard which bears the inscription "McMullen" in brown, written in such manner as to create the impression of a mountain or hill. Set atop the U of the inscription is a green prickly pear cactus with three red flowers. To either side of the cactus are mesquite leaves.located by Olivier Touzeau, 25 August 2003
The four pads of the prickly pear represent the four Commissioner districts of the county. The three red blooms represent the Blessed Trinity. The mesquite leaves have 39 leaflets between them, representative of the books of the Old and New Testaments of the Protestant Bible. The flag also carries a cream cravate, or sash, bearing a brown cross for the county's Catholic heritage.
Although the McMullen County Standard has never been officially adopted, it has been in use since 30 August 1965, at which time it was displayed during the 18th Annual Lion's Club Labor Day Rodeo. Designed by Tom and Helen Shelton, County Historical Illustrators, the banner has deep significance in its chosen elements and colors. The McMullen County Museum Cookbook quotes these as:
- [The] colors of cream, brown, green and red (indigenous to the county's terrain and flora) are symbolic of the inhabitants' natural way of life - their chief economy being natural resources, land and livestock, permitting the people to live close to nature.
- The cream color of caliche signifies JOY. This is a ceremonial flag and will be used on festive and joyful occasions.
- Brown, the color of the good earth, signifies HUMILITY.
- The green of the cactus and mesquite symbolize[s] HOPE, necessary to ride through droughts.