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image by Fred Drews, 21 August 2019
A 30-year old flag has been adopted as the official flag of Butte:
It didn’t take long for explanations of an apparent Butte-Silver Bow flag to emerge. After a Sunday story about that flag and a newly proposed contest to have one designed and “officially” adopted, readers of The Montana Standard came forward with word on how the existing one came to be. One hangs in council chambers and there’s a bigger one in the chief executive’s office.Dave Fowler, 15 August 2019
The first notice of its origins came by email from a woman in Spokane, Washington. She was reading the Sunday edition of The Standard and recalled it being designed by Don Cianca, a Butte businessman who won a contest for it years ago. “In 1989, his design for the Butte-Silver Bow official flag was adopted,” it said. “The logo for the “We Love Butte” and route sign design for World Museum of Mining are also among his designs seen locally.” Cianca’s son, Bob, who lives in Butte, said Monday that his father won a contest sponsored by the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and Don Peoples Sr., who was chief executive of the city-county at the time, endorsed the flag.
According to a small article located Monday in the Standard’s archives from 1989, the flag’s “M” was on Big Butte and honored Montana; the red-and-white stripes honored the United States.
The contest was sponsored by the Chamber in conjunction with Montana’s centennial celebration, according to a 1988 article. That one said the chamber’s military committee conducted the project on behalf of the Council of Commissioners. But it’s still unclear if the council ever formally adopted it.
I have a friend that is
from Butte Montana. This week he went to the court house and took the pictures
of the flag of Butte in two different sizes and found out the following
information and recent newspaper article about the history of the flag.
"I went up to the court house…found the Butte Flag in the Chief Executive’s office. She said there was some controversy with the family of the guy who designed the flag when someone wanted to change the flag to something else. The flag that is hanging is 19 out of 100. She said only 100 were made. The original/pattern is lost so a flag company in Helena is going to create a new template so they can make new flags. Then there was another smaller flag that was rolled up, so I took a picture of that one too."
Fred Drews, 18 December 2019
image located by Paul Bassinson, 2 October 2019
Paul Bassinson, 2 October 2019