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Baxter, Tennessee

Putnam County

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[Flag of Baxter, TN] image located by Chrystian Kretowicz, 9 October 2010

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Description of the flag

According to, Baxter is the third city in Tennessee to adopt a town flag:

The Baxter board of mayor and aldermen unanimously approved a resolution to adopt a city flag designed and submitted by resident Carolyn Whitson. Baxter's new town flag features several symbols that characterize the town, including a railroad train and tracks on a field of black and gold.

"My family moved to Baxter when I was just a girl, and I remember my mother telling me that they used to raise strawberries here and ship them on the train to sell in Cookeville," Whitson said. "The train was a part of my family's livelihood, so I included a train in the flag's design to symbolize the early history of the town." The train is located in the upper left area of the flag, while a portico symbolizing the history of education and representative of the former Baxter Seminary school is located in the lower right. An image of railroad tracks cross the flag diagonally, from lower left to upper right, and the perspective of that image is larger at the bottom corner of the flag than at the top, Whitson said. "The perspective of the tracks on the flag are meant to symbolize the present diminishing into the future," she said. Black and gold were chosen as the colors for the flag because they represent the current Upperman High School colors. Finally, the name of the town is displayed horizontally along the left side of the flag. "That's intended to be displayed on the side of the flag that attaches to the flagpole," Whitson said. "That way, citizens will always see the name of the town on display, no matter how the flag is flying at the time."

The flag design was an effort of the Baxter Beautification Committee, and the mayor and board of aldermen last month selected the design out of several submitted.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 9 October 2010