Sunday, April 10, 2011

Old Glory, Elko Style

An inspiring sight.  Notice the Ruby Mountains in the background.
A few weeks ago Kathi posted a picture of the big flag in Scottsbluff at Perkins.  She had some stats on it and you can see and read about it on her blog.
This reminded me of the big flag that flies on I-80 in Elko, NV.  JJ, Tuinita and I were driving along to visit a friend and I made Tuinita stop the car so I could take some pictures of this flag. On the way home I made her stop again and I climbed up a steep hill to get a better shot.

Here are some stats about this flag.  It is 30 feet by 50 feet and flies on a pole 100 feet high.  The top of the pole is exactly one mile high (5280 feet up from sea level).  Each flag costs approximately $1600 and has to be replaced or repaired
3-4 times a year.  The Vogue Laundry in Elko repairs the flags for free to help keep costs down.  The flag is funded by private donations to The Flag Foundation and a group of dedicated voluteers work to make sure that the flagpole has never been barren with the exception of a few days when vandals cut the flag's cable and new supplies had to be ordered.  It was raised in the fall of 1976 as part of the bicentennial celebration at the start of the Elko County Fair and has flown 24/7 ever since except as mentioned above.

There is even a school named after it!  The old Elko Junior High was converted to a 5th and 6th grade middle school about 4 years ago and is now called Flagview because it is located near the spot where the flag flies.

The flag is so big it cannot fly at half mast or it will drag on the ground.  Notice the car at the bottom of the pole as a comparison to size with the flag.  Click on the picture to make it bigger and hit the back button to get back to the blog.
For more information on this flag and how the community is pulling together to help support this project check out this websight:

1 comment:

  1. I suppose it has to fly at night due to it's size and the effort it would take to raise and lower it every day. Pretty cool Penny.