Ohio State Flags
Ohio's state flag was adopted in 1902 and is the only state flag that is not rectangular. Architect John Eisemann designed the Ohio state burgee (a pennant with a swallowtail tip.) The "O" in the center of the blue field is thought to represent both the name Ohio and the buckeye. The buckeye is a round nut from the buckeye tree found in abundance in Ohio giving it its nickname "The Buckeye State." Thirteen white stars surround the letter O representing the original thirteen states. Four separate stars sit alone to the rightmost part of field, representing the four states joining the Union after the original thirteen: Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. Five red and white stripes complete the Ohio state flag.