The Bear Flag

The original Bear Flag consisted of a 'crudely drawn bear, and a star drawn on unbleached cotton with blackberry juice along with the words, "California Republic." A piece of red flannel was sewn onto the bottom to produce a red stripe. The whole flag was about three by five feet. It flew over Sonoma for neerly a month until it was replaced on July 9, 1846 by the Stars and Stripes.