EL DORADO, Kan. (KWCH) The City of El Dorado will soon have their very own flag.
Six weeks ago, the city announced it was looking for design submissions for a city flag. They received 158 design entries.
A committee comprised of city officials, local business owners and local citizens narrowed down the entries to the final group of 12.
More than 1,300 votes narrowed the 12 designs down to three. Those three designs were finalized by a team of graphic designers.
This design portrays abstract images of oil derricks and wheat stalks. The blue stripe represents the Walnut River which was significant to El Dorado’s founding. The design is unique in that it can be hung horizontally or vertically.
The symbol is a coztic teocuitlatl, a Spanish symbol for “silver, gold”. El Dorado is translated from Spanish as “the golden land”. The symbol represents El Dorado as gold; the people see the city as cherishable and valuable.
The flag represents a timeline of El Dorado. It started as a small farm town but then grew after the discovery of oil. Oil produced by the El Dorado oil fields helped the U.S. during World War I. The oil brought in jobs, a community and a place to call home.
The blue and yellow portions represent the past. They also represent El Dorado's roots. El Dorado blossomed from oil production. It created a stable environment that continues today and will do so in the future.
The red stripes represent modern times and the road to tomorrow. They also represent the following community building blocks:
1. Community 2. Production 3. Business 4. Education 5. Life/Growth
The oil frag and flame represent Stapleton #1, the discovery well for the great El Dorado oil field in 1915. The flame is an aspect of El Dorado's skyline.
The white sun behind the oil derrick represents Kansas sunsets that fill the night skies. The white line on the horizon represents the railroad that was built in 1877 and the railroading industry in Kansas.
The gold “road” represents the name El Dorado, which means “Road of Gold” or “City of Gold”.
The two blue triangles represent the two bodies of water that are a part of El Dorado history; the Walnut River and the El Dorado Lake.
The public will be able to vote on its favorite design - in person and online - from June 14-16.
There are three ways to cast your vote:
1. IN PERSON: At the Coutts Museum, located at 110 N. Main St. Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
2. ON-LINE: at www.eldoks.com On-line voting opens at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.
3. BY PHONE: Call (316) 322-4427 Telephone voting hours are: Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Voting is limited to one vote per person.
Once the results have been tallied, the City Commission will officially adopt the flag. A flag-raising ceremony will be scheduled soon after. Updates will be shared on the City's website, www.eldoks.com.