Avenue of Flags

Visitors walk along the Avenue of Flags with Mount Rushmore in the background.
Visitors walk along the Avenue of Flags with Mount Rushmore in the background.

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History

Flags are powerful symbols, which remind people of their common heritage, history and ideals. The Avenue of Flags was initially established as part of the celebration of the United States' Bicentennial in 1976 at the request of a visitor. The 56 flags represent the 50 states, one district, three territories, and two commonwealths of the United States of America.

Placement

The flags are arranged in alphabetical order with the A’s on the walkway near the concession building and the W’s near the Visitor Center and Museum. The names of each state, district, commonwealth or territory are listed on the pillars directly below each flag. If you have trouble locating your flag, ask a park ranger for assistance.

Admission of States
State Year Admitted
to Union
State Year Admitted
to Union
1. Delaware 1787 26. Michigan 1837
2. Pennsylvania 1787 27. Florida 1845
3. New Jersey 1787 28. Texas 1845
4. Georgia 1788 29. Iowa 1846
5. Connecticut 1788 30. Wisconsin 1848
6. Massachusetts 1788 31. California 1850
7. Maryland 1788 32. Minnesota 1858
8. South Carolina 1788 33. Oregon 1859
9. New Hampshire 1788 34. Kansas 1861
10. Virginia 1788 35. West Virginia 1863
11. New York 1788 36. Nevada 1864
12. North Carolina 1789 37. Nebraska 1867
13. Rhode Island 1790 38. Colorado 1876
14. Vermont 1791 39. North Dakota 1889
15. Kentucky 1792 40. South Dakota 1889
16. Tennessee 1796 41. Montana 1889
17. Ohio 1803 42. Washington 1889
18. Louisiana 1812 43. Idaho 1890
19. Indiana 1816 44. Wyoming 1890
20. Mississippi 1817 45. Utah 1896
21. Illinois 1818 46. Oklahoma 1907
22. Alabama 1819 47. New Mexico 1912
23. Maine 1820 48. Arizona 1912
24. Missouri 1821 49. Alaska 1959
25. Arkansas 1836 50. Hawaii 1959

Districts, Commonwealths and Territories

Year Established or Acquired
1. District of Columbia 1790
2. Territory of Guam 1898
3. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 1898
4. Territory of American Samoa 1900
5. Territory of the Virgin Islands 1917
6. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 1976

Last updated: October 29, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

13000 Highway 244
Building 31, Suite 1

Keystone, SD 57751

Phone:

(605) 574-2523
Park information. Phones are answered 7 days a week. Hours are 8:00 - 5:00 October through May, 8:00 - 10:00 June through mid-August and 8:00 - 9:00 mid-August through September. All times are Mountain Time.

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