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Nevada State Symbols


Welcome to the Sagebrush State! What state but Nevada would call sagebrush its state flower? The Sagebrush State also adopted the desert bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, and sandstone as state symbols. We clearly aren’t in Kansas. (Continued below)

Nevada State Flag
Nicknames & Slogans
Nicknames The Sagebrush State, Silver State, Mining State, Battle Born State  
Slogan Battle Born 1937
Symbols of State
Motto All for Our Country 1866
Song Home Means Nevada 1933
Flower sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) 1917
Tree single-leaf pinyon (Pinus monophylla) 1953
Tree bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata) 1987
Grass Indian ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides) 1977
Bird mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides) 1967
Animal desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) 1973
Reptile desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) 1989
Fish Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi) 1981
Insect vivid dancer damselfly (Argia vivida) 2009
Rock sandstone 1987
Precious Gemstone Virgin Valley black fire opal 1987
Semi-Precious Gemstone turquoise 1987
Metal silver 1977
Fossil † ichthyosaur (Shoshonisaurus) 1977
Soil Orovada Series 2001
Element neon 2019
Cultural Symbols
Colors silver and blue 1983
Artifact Tule duck decoy 1995
Locomotive Engine No. 40 2009
Fabric denim 2016
Tartan 2001
March Silver State Fanfare 2001

On the other hand, Nevada, like Kansas, chose a giant marine reptile as its state fossil. And what a beautiful name it has: Shonisaurus.

There’s an amazing story behind Nevada’s official artifact, the Tule duck decoy. It’s a story best told in the shadow of an ancient bristlecone pine, one of the longest-lived organisms on the planet.

Nevada’s official colors, blue and silver, recall the state’s snow-capped mountains. However, I think its state flag would look nicer with an orange stripe, representing its arid expanses and beautiful sandstone formations. What do you think?

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If you think state flags and flowers are nothing more than trivia, guess again. A thorough exploration of the more than 1,500 items adopted as state symbols embraces geography, history, and psychology.

You have found the best state symbols website, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The introduction above is adapted from Geobop’s State Symbols and My State Symbols Book, by far the biggest and most detailed state symbols references ever. You can learn still more about the symbols of the 50 states in the books Flag Quest and Grading the States. (Learn more about them here.)

After you spend some time exploring your favorite state’s symbols, you can come back here and tell us what you think about them.

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