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McKeesport, Pennsylvania (U.S.)

Allegheny County

Last modified: 2023-11-11 by rick wyatt
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[Municipal seal] image by David Sigley, 14 December 2022

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Description of the flag

The flag of McKeesport is a blue field with the seal in the middle. The entire seal is golden outlined in red, with an exception for the text which it's colored in only red.

This is the second flag McKeesport has adopted, it's adoption date is unknown.

Photo of the city flag from the city's Facebook page:
David Sigley, 14 December 2022


[Municipal seal] image located by Paul Baines, 7 January 2022

The seal consists of two roped rings. In between the two rings from the clock angle of around 9:15 to 2:45 clockwise is the city's name. The only letter that is lower-case is the c in McKeesport, this is because most places with "Mc" in front of a name doesn't change the capitalization of the first letter after the Mc. such as McDowell or McDonald. From 7:30 to 4:30 counterclockwise is the state's name. inside of the second ring from 10:30 to 1:30 clockwise is the text "FOUNDED 1795" the year McKeesport was officially a settlement. From 9:15 to 2:45 counterclockwise is the incorporation date which is January 15, 1891. In the center of the seal is a golden device which is made of a cog, a lug wrench, and a wreath. This most likely represented the industrial revolution around the Pittsburgh area during the 20th century. The seal is blue and white with the exception of the founding date which are in red.
David Sigley, 14 December 2022

First flag

[Municipal seal] image by David Sigley, 14 December 2022

I found an stamp which contains a possible first flag. It uses a blue field like the current one. However it appears to use coat of arms like device which dates from around the 1920s, which means the flag might have also came from the 1920s.The device is two white banners with golden edges. The top banner has longer ends then the bottom banner. The top banner says the city's name while the bottom banner is inscribed with the state's name. In between the two banners is the cog device which is still used The difference is that the wreath covers the entire wrench instead of the wrench overlaying the wreath. It also contains a white background that the cog and wrench overlay.

Thumbnail of a stamp of the first flag:
David Sigley, 14 December 2022

According to City Flags of Pennsylvania, the first flag of McKeesport was designed by a resident named R.W. Cunliffe. He added a gear wheel of industry in the center and two steel tubes which represented a tube mill from the city. The same official adoption also designated a "steel projectile" as a finial. Of course, this flag was also adopted for the Jamestown Exposition of 1907, where Pennsylvania cities were asked to adopt flags by its commission to add to it. The resolution was passed November 11, 1907, but not actually approved until November 12, 1907 by the Select and Common Councils of McKeesport.
Daniel Renterķa, 9 October 2023

Police Department

[Municipal seal] image by David Sigley, 14 December 2022

The police department is a blue field with the seal entirely in gold. Under the seal says "POLICE DEPARTMENT".

Photo of the Police Department's flag:
David Sigley, 14 December 2022

The photo of the police flag shows that the rope ring is inverse of the rope ring on the city flag.
Masao Okazaki, 15 December 2022