Nevada has a number of interesting state symbols, from the state mammal and state bird, to the state semiprecious gemstone, state fossil and even a state march and state Christmas tree.
The new Nevada State Flag; cobalt blue background; in upper left quarter is a five-pointed star between two sprays of sagebrush crossed to form a half wreath; across the top of the wreath is a golden scroll with the words in black letters "Battle Born". The name "Nevada" is written below the star and above the sprays in golden letters. Designed modified June 8, 1991, original design approved on March 21, 1929. Other flags include the Nevada Centennial Flag and flags of Nevada counties.
The Nevada State Seal was designed in July 1864 and adopted February 24, 1866. It features a gold seal with the words, "The Great Seal of the State of Nevada" embossed around the outer edge. Within this is a composite picture showing the mining, industry and scenery of Nevada, under which is a scroll with the State motto, "All for our Country". Nevada was admitted to the United States on October 31, 1864, becoming the 36th state. This date has been celebrated as the state holiday, Nevada Day, since 1939.
The Nevada State Song is called "Home Means Nevada". It was composed by Bertha Raffetto. See the video at left for a full rendition of the song.
Carson City is Nevada's state capital. It has been the state capital since Nevada became a state in 1864.
The name Nevada was officially adopted in 1861 when the territory was established by Congress. Nevada comes from the Spanish word nieve meaning "snow".
Nevada is known by the three nicknames: Battle-Born State, Sagebrush State, and Silver State. Battle-Born refers to Nevada becoming a state during the Civil War. Sagebrush comes from the state flower, which grows wild and plentiful in the Nevada desert. Silver refers to Nevada being a well-known producer of the metal and silver has played an important part in state history.