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image by Masao Okazaki, 14 April 2023
based on photo located by Paul Bassinson, 7 July 2019
Image obtained from https://i2.wp.com/lowellsfirstlook.com, https://image.mlive.com and article at https://lowellsfirstlook.com/the-story-behind-the-lowell-city-flag/The City of Lowell has its own flag. Not many know it exists or what it looks like. But it is real. Not a tale passed down through generations about a large furry being in the woods or a strange looking creature living in the water. The flag is real even if its history is a bit hazy.
The history of the City of Lowell flag does have origins that many centuries back. In fact, it has only been decades since the creation of the flag. Two decades to be exact. In 1998, Councilmember Jeanne Shores, who would go on to become Lowell’s first female Mayor, thought Lowell should be able to participate in an upcoming parade of flags during a Michigan Municipal League conference. “Jeanne wanted to march in this little ceremony and do one more thing to show off our little community. And we were one of only perhaps 20 Cities without a flag.” says former mayor Jim Hodges, reflecting on the origin of the flag. It was important for Shores that Lowell be represented alongside approximately 100 other cities and their flags.
With an idea in her mind, Shores went to work making a future Lowell City flag a reality. A contest ensued to design the flag with Shores selecting the winner. The winning image represented Lowell as an image of a showboat and two rivers. Our research did not reveal who submitted this image.
Paul Bassinson, 7 July 2019
image located by Paul Bassinson, 9 September 2019
Paul Bassinson, 9 September 2019