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Named for William B. Travis (1809-1836), Alamo commander
County Seat: Austin Area: 989 square miles Pop. (2000): 812,280
In 1964, Jessie McIlroy Smith of the Travis County Historical Survey created a flag for the county's 125th anniversary. It consisted of the County Seal in gold on a field of blue. Nestled in each corner of the flag was a gold inward-pointing fleur-de-lys, representing the four commissioner districts.
The seal was was replaced in 1975 by a design created by County Treasurer Johnny Crow. The new seal symbolizes the governmental, educational, industrial, military, farming, and recreational factors that represent the life and economy of the citizenry of the county. Within a wreath of oak and pecan branches, the seal depicts a Lone Star over the State Capitol Building, the University of Texas Tower and the City of Austin skyline. Two vapor-trailing fighter jets fly over the cityscape. In the foreground are a white-tailed deer leaping over a cactus, a farmer plowing the fields, and a sailboat on a lake. The scales of justice also appear, symbolizing the Travis County and District Court systems. At the base of the seal is the date of the county's creation, 1839. A ring around the seal bears the inscriptions "County of Travis" and "State of Texas."
In commemoration of the Sesquicentennial, Mrs. Smith presented to the Commissioners' Court a new design for the County Flag, incorporating the revised seal. It was adopted on 28 October 1986.
David Pawson, 2 July 2006