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http://www.lathropgov.org shows the seal of this small community is very large and quite complex as well as being rather original. It consists of black designs and lettering upon a burnished gold background, and is in the form of three concentric circles, while the central image is quartered. Both the quartering and the outline of the innermost circle are in the form of parallel lines (in the case of the quartering) and double lines (with respect to the innermost circle). This inner circle depicts an outline map of the state of California, with the location of Lathrop indicated by a black five-pointed star. The central image, as noted previously, is quartered; the upper left quarter features a sun rising between twin peaks, with nine stylized rays of different lengths extending even into the upper right quadrant. At the foot of these twin peaks is a checkerboard pattern of agricultural land. The upper right depicts a stylized family group consisting of two adults and a child, with a horizontal tree line in the far distance. The
lower left quadrant pictures a steam railway locomotive, of the type common in the U.S. during the period 1890-1920, traveling on two curved tracks. Finally, the lower right quadrant shows what appears to be a prison building, with a high
watch tower or smokestack.
Ron Lahav, 2 December 2004
Ms Nancy Rustigian, the City Clerk of Lathrop, California, has informed me that Lathrop does not have a city flag at present, and that the municipal seal was adopted as a result of a local contest. The records as to who designed the
seal have vanished over the intervening 15 years, however.
Ron Lahav, 17 December 2004