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Berne, Indiana (U.S.)

Adams County

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[Berne, Indiana flag] image located by Valentin Poposki, 2 September 2010

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A photo of the flag of the City of Berne in Indiana, USA, was displayed at (link no longer available). It is a white flag with a black bear with red tongue and claws walking. The name BERNE is arched over the bear.
Valentin Poposki, 22 September 2005

This is one of the most interesting and entertaining flags of US localities. Interesting: Checking Bern's (CH) image, above, one can see that Berne's (IN) flag and the former flag are heraldically almost identical. One difference: in the latter flag the bear's eyes are red; in the former, white. I don't know the heraldic term for describing eye tinctures. Entertaining: Only the former flag has the bear "viriled of the first" i.e., gules. In the latter flag (IN), the body part in question remains sable, i.e., indistinguishable by color from the rest of the bear's body.
Lewis A. Nowitz, 22 September 2005

I received an image of the flag of the City of Berne, Indiana, from Wes Kuntzman, Executive Director, Decatur Chamber of Commerce.

About the city:
"Berne is a city in Monroe and Wabash townships, Adams County, Indiana, 35 miles south of Fort Wayne. Berne was settled in 1852 by seventy devout Mennonite immigrants who came directly from Switzerland, and named for the capital of Switzerland. They began the chore of preparing for farming by clearing the land. However, farm markets were severely limited because of treacherous mud roads and distant trade centers. The advent of the railroad was soon to be the answer to the immigrant's prayers. When the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad laid plans to construct a rail line through Adams County, two farmers, the Hilty brothers, offered a proposition: they would donate land to the railroad in exchange for the building of a rail depot in the small community. The railroad companies agreed, and the farmers quickly plotted 10 building lots in anticipation of what was to come - more settlers! On Christmas Day, 1871, the first train arrived. This historical event marked the beginning of Berne, which was officially recorded as a community soon after. A steady stream of Swiss and German people came into the area from that train, as did English-speaking migrants, some of which became successful businessmen in the new community. They contributed immensely in the growth of Berne. The population was 4,150 at the 2000 census. Berne and the surrounding area have become known for their large Amish population." - from Wikipedia:,_Indiana

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Valentin Poposki, 2 September 2010