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image located by Valentin Poposki, 26 September 2007
"Augusta is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States, at the confluence of the Walnut and Whitewater Rivers. The population was 8,423 at the 2000 census.
The confluence of the Whitewater River (Kansas) and the Walnut River was originally inhabited by Native Americans (primarily the Osage) who found the tableland ideal for hunting and fishing. In 1868 C.N. James settled in the area and built a log home to serve as a general store and trading post. He paid $40.00 for the land title from the U.S Land Office. He named the new settlement after his wife, Augusta. The James family original log cabin structure still stands at its original location.
The first train rolled into Augusta in 1881 to support the growth of livestock production and increased agriculture in the area. Shortly after the turn of the century two railroad companies would serve the town, the Santa Fe and the Frisco. The discovery of oil and natural gas in Butler County lead to further growth and became a major source of employment for many years." - from Wikipedia.
A photo of the flag of the city is shown on Augusta Historical Society website at www.augustahistoricalsociety.net/10.html. "Designated as the "official" flag of Augusta, Kansas. Designed by fellow Augustan Jim Wheatley."
Valentin Poposki, 26 September 2007
Interesting that Augusta uses a gyronny background similar to the flag of Wichita, KS. Are the two cities near each other?
Albert S. Kirsch, 26 September 2007
They are 21 miles (34 km) apart according to Mapquest. It certainly looks as if one influenced the other. I wonder which was adopted first. According to the Wichita page theirs was designed in 1937, but we don't know the date when the Augusta flag was designed. In any case even if the Augusta flag owes something to the Wichita one, I'd suspect that the design was also influenced by the fact the city is located at the confluence of 2 rivers.
Ned Smith, 26 September 2007