The flag of the state of Colorado consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width; the top and bottom stripes are blue, and the middle stripe white. On top of these stripes sits a circular red "C", filled with a golden disk. The red "C" filled with golden disc also represents colors of Spanish flag. The blue is meant to represent the skies, the gold stands for the gold rush in the late 1800s, the white represents the snowcapped mountains, and the red represents the ruddy colored earth. The flag was designed by Andrew Carlisle Carson in 1911 and adopted by the Colorado General Assembly on June 5 of the same year.