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According to the municipal website, "Pine Bluff, a city of 55,000, is the county seat of Jefferson County, Arkansas, and was incorporated in 1839. It has been an agricultural, commercial and cultural center for Southeast Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta ever since."
More historical details are available in the "Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture".
Quoting "Pine Bluff Commercial", 17 March 2008:
"[...] Aldermen will also consider adopting a new flag for the city, replacing a dated logo that is expensive to purchase, according to Greg Gustek, executive director of the city's Image Campaign committee. The current flag, which flies now above Saracen Landing along Lake Saracen and hangs inside the City Council Chambers, has red and blue triangles framing a blue river and a green pine tree. The new design display an anchor and refers to Pine Bluff as the "Harbor City, the anchor of Southeast Arkansas. [...]
Ivan Sache, 23 March 2008
Quoting "Pine Bluff Commercial", 18 March 2008:
Also Monday, sponsors of a proposal for a new city flag and logo pulled their resolution before the full council could vote on it. Instead, they said, it will be discussed in the council's Public Works committee before being officially considered.
"They felt like more input should be put into it rather than two or three people making the decision (for the city)," said Fourth Ward Alderman George Stepps, one of the three sponsors. Proponents of the new flag and logo - which refers to Pine Bluff as the "Harbor City, the anchor of Southeast Arkansas" - attempted to keep the details of it sparse, saying they wanted to get it through the council with minimal fanfare so that they could make a big unveiling of the design at a later date. Greg Gustek, executive director of the Pine Bluff Image Campaign Committee, went individually to the three aldermen on the council's administrative committee, seeking their sponsorship of the resolution - circumventing the need for the committee to meet and discuss it publicly. Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. said after the council meeting that the proposal for a new city flag and logo took him by surprise. "I haven't had a chance to look at it," he said. "When we change something like that ... the citizens should have some input." He also said there was confusion about what logo the new one would replace.
Some council members remember a slogan oft-used that said "Pine Bluff loves people". And a seal in the City Council Chambers refers to Pine Bluff as "the city of progress," while some business cards and other city objects refer use a "Positive Pine Bluff" slogan.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 23 March 2008
The flag of the City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is partly visible on a photo of the City Council Chambers, unfortunately not enough for redrawing: www.cityofpinebluff.com/council/City%20Council/album/slides/HPIM1913.html
About the city:
"Pine Bluff is the largest city and county seat of Jefferson County, Arkansas, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 52,693, ranking it as the seventh most populous city in the state. According to the 2007 US Census Estimate, Pine Bluff now has a population of 50,667. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is located here. Pine Bluff is also the home of the Pine Bluff Arsenal, a major site for the demolition of chemical weapons." - from Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Bluff,_Arkansas.
Official city website: www.cityofpinebluff.com.
Valentin Poposki, 5 July 2009