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Crystal, Minnesota (U.S.)

Hennepin County

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[Flag of Minnesota] image by Masao Okazaki, 11 February 2021

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Description of the flag

A video is posted at detailing the recently adopted city flag of Crystal, Minnesota.

The flag features the city's traditional colors and 14-point star representing the 14 neighborhoods of Crystal.
Paul Bassinson, 1 May 2017

The new flag of Crystal was unveiled on March 18, 2017 at the "First Annual Crystal Masquerade Ball", held at the Crystal Community Center. The flag was chosen by the City Council: Nancy LaRoche, Olga Parsons, Elizabeth Dahl, Jeff Kolb, John Budziszewski and Julie Deshle (sources: and

The description of the flag is, according to Council Member Elizabeth Dahl as well as the purchase form, as follows:
"The new City of Crystal Flag features the two shades of blue from the city logo. The blues represent sky and water and are associated with depth, stability, trust, loyalty and wisdom. The white swoop/arc represents the city's significant transportation and trail systems, also symbolizing upward progress and bold forward movement. The "14-point star"... is completely original and not found on any other flag. Each ray represents one of Crystal's 14 neighborhoods: Lee Park, Bassett Creek, Valley Place, Winnetka Hills, Fair, Brownwood, Welcome Park, Forest, Cavangah Oaks, Becker, Twin Oaks, Skyway, North Lions, Broadway. The "star" also symbolizes a guiding beacon or shining crystal ball, which was once a popular symbol in Crystal."

Here are some pictures of the flag
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And here's another video (, in which Mayor Jim Adams is interviewed as part of the Mayor's Minutes, discussing the new flag (0:45 onwards).

"By act of the United States Congress, the Territory of Minnesota was created on March 3, 1849. The first Territorial Legislature met on September 2, 1849. The third territorial Legislature created Hennepin County on March 6, 1852. The County was organized on October 21, 1852. It is interesting to note that at the first County election held on October 11, 1852, in which legislatures, commissioners, sheriff, coroner, and other County officials were elected, that they were all elected unanimously, each receiving 27 votes.

At this time, most of the land west of the Mississippi had not been surveyed and recorded, however this was being done and during this period Township No. 118 North, Range 21 West of the 5th Principal Meridian was surveyed and recorded. The abstracts of most of the property in Crystal probably contain the map of this Township. This was the Township the most part of which would later make up Crystal Lake Township. The area was on the North and West side of the Town of Minneapolis consisting of about 24 sections of land. Roughly it was bounded on the West by the Town of Plymouth, on the North by the Town of Brooklyn, on the East by the Mississippi, then in a southerly direction about 2-1/2 miles on the river to the town of Minneapolis.

On July 8, 1858, the County Board granted three tiers of sections of land, probably 24 adjacent to the North of Minneapolis for the purpose of forming the town of Farmersville. This however, never organized. In the meantime, on May 11, 1858, Minnesota had been admitted to Statehood into the Union.

The Hennepin County Government in 1860 authorized the organization of Crystal Lake Township (this is the year adopted as the foundation date of the City). This was done by taking two tiers of sections of land from the Town of Brooklyn on the North and two tiers of sections from the Town of Minneapolis on the South. This consisted of 24 Sections of land bounded on the West by the Town of Plymouth, the North by Brooklyn, the east by the Mississippi River and the south by the Town of Minneapolis"

For additional information go to Crystal (official websites): and
Esteban Rivera, 5 August 2017

Image above based on photograph of the flag.
Masao Okazaki, 11 February 2021