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Nanton, Alberta (Canada)

Willow Creek Municipal District

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[flag of Nanton] image by Masao Okazaki, 6 December 2021

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Town of Nanton, Alberta (population 1,841) is located 94 km south of Calgary.
Darrell Neuman, 23 April 2006

from the town of Nanton:

History of Nanton

Pioneers first settled in the Mosquito Creek Community (Nanton area) in the late 1800's and early 1900's. On June 22, 1903, a village was formed and named Nanton, after the late Sir Augustus Nanton (1860 - 1925). Sir Augustus Nanton was a partner in the financial firm, Osler, Hammond and Nanton, of Ontario. He was sent by the firm to the west to investigate investment in farm mortgages. Renowned for his sound judgment, he became a director for many companies, including the Canadian Pacific Railway, Hudson's Bay Company, Great West Life and the Dominion Bank. He arranged financing of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, sold subsequently to the C.P.R. It was his close association with these two companies that led the community to name the village, "Nanton". Nanton was incorporated as a Town in the summer of 1907.

Phil Nelson, 29 April 2006

The Town of Nanton has a new flag, in fact four new flags, as there are four new logos and each of them can be used on a flag.

Photo of one of the flags


Secondary Logos
[flag of Nanton] images located by Valentin Poposki, 6 December 2021

The NANTON logo consists of three elements—the NANTON wordmark, established date and an iconic image framed in an ellipse. The logo as a series is meant to showcase the rich history and authenticity of Nanton. Each image is meant to tell a story and highlight four unique aspects that help to define the Town of Nanton. The distressed heavy condensed typeface looks rustic and has rounded edges to make it feel more approachable and friendly. The graphic silhouette illustrations are inspired by woodcut drawings for a nostalgic old-world look to the logo. The established date emphasizes the history of Nanton and is placed on either side of the image to help frame and balance
the wordmark and image below. The primary logo depicts the iconic grain elevators in a prairie field. The other three logos act as secondary logos that are to be used when the content is appropriate or shown as a series of four to tell the whole story of Nanton. They include depictions of the Shaw & Cooper building, a classic Lancaster bomber plane and a calf roper at the rodeo.
Valentin Poposki, 6 December 2021

Former flag

[flag of Nanton] image contributed by Darrell Neuman, 23 April 2006

A blue flag, a descending diagonal stripe with the name and overlain by a shield in red and white.
Darrell Neuman, 23 April 2006

from the town of Nanton:

Town of Nanton Crest and Nanton Family

The Nanton Family history dates back to the 1500's. The Town crest was recognized by the College of Arms, London, England, as a true crest of William Naunton, of Naunton Hall, Suffolk, England, in 1553. Another ancestor, Sire Robert Naunton, had the same Coat of Arms. He was a member of the Court of Queen Elizabeth I. Later, Naunton was the Secretary of State to King James I. The Town of Nanton officially adopted the Nanton Coat of Arms in 1983, with the consent of the Nanton family. Some changes were required to allow the Town use of the crest as opposed to its use by a knight. The bird on top of the helmet is known as "Wyvern", a winged two-legged dragon with a barbed tail. On the shield below are three birds known as "Martlets", a Heraldic bird with no feet.

Phil Nelson, 29 April 2006