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Adams County, Iowa (U.S.)

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Adams County has informed me that it has no flag.
Valentin Poposki, 31 March 2010

Flag used at sesquicentennial celebrations

[Former Flag of Adams County, Iowa] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 December 2010

Back in 2002, the Iowa State Association of Counties website hosted an account of each county's history, signed by its County Recorder, and illustrated with a black and white flag image. It is not clear whether these flag images were provided by the county administration or not. An archived copy of the page about Adams County is still at

It is a ~3:5 vertical triband of a midtone color (both side panels in the same shade) and possibly white, with an emblem centered on the middle panel. This emblem shows a large fleur de lis in the same mid shade as the side panels of the triband background with darker contour; the tie of the fleur de lis is much lighter (white?) and bears the word "Icaria" set in dark (black?) serif capitals, this tie flanked with the dates 1852 (hoist) and 1898 (fly); arched above the fleur de lis the words "Adams County" set in dark (black) serif letter, proper cased, and arched below "Iowa" set likewise.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 30 August 2010

This flag has surely to do with the country history, as, according to,_Iowa#French_Icarian_settlement, "The first European settlers here were a group of French Icarians who came from Nauvoo, Illinois in 1852" - that is probably the symbolism of the fleur de lis itself. (More about the Icarians here:
António Martins-Tuválkin, 1 September 2010

It is a blue, white, and red tricolor, one more French-inspired element to mark the origin of the first European settlers, according to the booklet [u9s03b], in "Old Glory" shades (dark). The fleur-de-lis is dark golden with black contour, the tie is white with black letters, all according to the images in [u9s03b], page 1, 3rd and 4th photos of the 1st row.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 December 2010