Back in 1941, rural residents along the California-Oregon border decided to secede from their respective states and form a new state called Jefferson. The region’s mining and logging industries were desperately in need of improved roads, and locals felt ignored by their state representatives. Though they never adopted a flag, the secessionists did have a state seal: an old-timey miner’s pan inscribed with two Xs (they had been “double crossed”, y’see). At first the movement was getting a lot of attention from the press, but the attack on Pearl Harbor diverted everyone’s attention away from the issue, and the Jefferson statehood movement just sort of dwindled away.
But regional identity remained strong, and some time in the last couple of decades (the ’90s maybe?) people started flying a “state flag” based on the original miner’s pan seal. Now the secession movement is being rekindled. In the past couple of weeks both Siskiyou and Modoc countries have voted to split off from California, and Shasta county (home to the region’s largest city) is said to be considering a vote in the next couple of months. Could we be witnessing the birth of a new state? Well, no. Not really. Should be fun to watch though.