Rock Springs Chamber Raises 56 Flags to Honor the City’s Cultural Heritage

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ROCK SPRINGS– The Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce simultaneously raised 56 flags this afternoon in front of the Chamber on Dewar Drive to honor the 56 nationalities that founded Rock Springs.

The flag raising ceremony is part of the Chamber’s Adopt-A-Flag program in which people and businesses in the community sponsored a flag. The program honors and celebrates Rock Springs’ cultural heritage.

People from all of the world settled in the area to work in the coal mines. Rock Springs became known as the “Home of 56 Nationalities” because of these original settlers and workers.

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“We are the home of 56 nationalities, and the Chamber is the door to the community,” Rock Springs Chamber administrative assistant Erin Hastings said. She added that the Chamber is where people go to first when visiting the community.

“Visitors are going to be welcomed with a very beautiful and welcoming display,” Hastings said.

Check out some photos of the flag raising ceremony below.

The list of 56 Nationalities was based off of census data from 1910, as well as a list from the first director of the Sweetwater County Museum Henry Chadey.

1. Albanian
2. Argentine
3. Armenian
4. Australian
5. Austrian
6. Belgian
7. Bosnian
8. Bulgarian
9. Canadian
10. Chinese
11. Colombian
12. Croatian
13. Cuban
14. Czech
15. Danish
16. Egyptian
17. English
18. Estonian
19. Finnish
20. French
21. German
22. Greek
23. Hollander/Dutch
24. Hungarian
25. Indian
26. Iraqi
27. Irish
28. Italian

29. Japanese
30. Jordanian
31. Korean
32. Latvian
33. Lebanese
34. Lithuanian
35. Mexican
36. Norwegian
37. Panamanian
38. Persian (Irani)
39. Philippine
40. Polish
41. Portuguese
42. Rumanian
43. Russian
44. Scottish
45. Serbian
46. Slovenian
47. South African
48. Spanish
49. Swedish
50. Swiss
51. Syrian
52. Turkish
53. Ukrainian
54. Venezuelan
55. Welsh
56. White Russian (Byelorussian)