State Flag of Nevada
The flag of Nevada is a rarity among the state flags of the United States because it does not feature the state's seal. The state seal did feature on an older form of the Nevada state flag, but it was removed after a relatively short period of time.
Colors and Symbolism of the Nevada State Flag
The state flag of Nevada features a cobalt field that is decorated with an emblem in the canton. The emblem features a silver star with the state's name and two sprigs of sagebrush below it and the state's motto written above it on a golden scroll. The silver star has been featured on every flag of Nevada. It represents the mineral wealth that helped the state to grow during its early days. The gold scroll is also a symbol of the state's mineral wealth. The blue field was chosen to resemble the blue of the national flag of the United States, and the sagebrush was included as a reference to the state flower of Nevada. The state motto is "Battle Born" in honor of the fact that Nevada became a state during the American Civil War.
History of the State Flag of Nevada
The story of the Nevada state flag began in 1905, when the state's first flag was designed by Governor John Sparks and Colonel Harry Day. It had a darker field that the current flag, and it displayed the state's name in the center of the field between several lines of gold and silver stars. The word "Gold" was written along the bottom of the flag and the word "Silver" was written along the top. The design was only used for a decade before it was replaced.
The replacement was adopted in 1915, and it was the only state flag of Nevada to feature the state's seal. The seal was displayed above an arc of silver stars and below a matching arc of golden stars. The state began the process of replacing the flag by holding a design contest in 1926, and it adopted the winning design in 1929 after a brief dispute about its details. The design was slightly revised in 1991 to make the design adhere more closely to the compromise that solved the dispute, and in doing so the state government created the current flag.
A short history of the Nevada State flag
On the state seal Nevada has an allegorical landscape, but it doesn't appear on the state flag. The design is pleasingly simple, and it results from a competition won by Louis Shellback. His winning design didn't contain the name of the state. It was added around the white star before the flag was officially adopted on March 26, 1929. During the Civil War Nevada became a state, and this reflected in the motto. Two sprigs of sagebrush, the state flower, complete the design on the flag.
A short history of Nevada (The Silver State)
Nevada was originally part of Mexico, and was ceded to the U.S.A. in 1848. It was first attached to Utah. In 1859 Gold was found, and in 1861 became a Territory. On October 31, 1864 Nevada joined the Union.
Area of Nevada: 110,561 sq. miles
Capital: Carson City
Major Products: gold, oil, silver, cattle, hay, potatoes
State Motto: All for our country