Nevada State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Nevada Symbols, Nevada Emblems, and Nevada Mascots
Browse the state's symbols; state animal, state bird, state flower, state flag, state fossil, state insect, state motto, state seal, state tree, color, dance, fish, mammal, music, nut, reptile seal, and miscellaneous designations, emblems, and mascot of each state with pictures. Find origin of the state name. View the state almanacs, state timelines and peruse state facts and stats such as the capitol, location, and date admitted to the union.
Nevada Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
|Animal||Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) 1973|
|Artifact||Tule Duck Decoy, 1995
Actually, there are eleven ducks—or, more precisely, decoys, each formed of a bundle of bullrush (tule) stems. The decoys are shaped to resemble a canvasback duck. Discovered by archaeologists in 1924 while during an excavation at Lovelock Cave, the decoys were created almost 2,000 years ago.
|Bird||Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) 1967|
|Colors||Silver and Blue, 1983
|Fish||Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Salmo clarki henshawi) 1981
|Flag||State Flag, 1929|
|Flower||Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata or trifida) March 20, 1917|
|Fossil||Ichthyosaur, genus Shonisaurus 1977|
|Virgin Valley Black Fire Opal, May 27, 1987|
|Nevada Turquoise, May 27, 1987.|
|Grass||Indian Rye Grass (Oryzopsis hymenoides) 1977
Provides valuable feed for wildlife and range livestock. This tough native grass, which is found throughout the state, is known for its ability to reseed and establish itself on sites damaged by fire or over grazing.
Nevada has many minerals but silver was one of the most important in our early mining days. 1977 AG
|Motto||All for our country, 1866
The 1861 act of the Territorial Legislature adopting the Nevada seal contained the motto for the Territory, "Volens et Potens" (Willing and Able), indicating loyalty to the Union and the wealth to sustain it.
When the legislature enacted the provisions for an official state seal in 1866, it likewise incorporated an official state motto, "All for Our Country," in the body of the seal.
|Reptile||Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) 1989
The desert tortoise, our state reptile, is the largest reptile in the southwestern United States. The largest reptile in the Southwestern United States, lives in the extreme
southern parts of Nevada. Its hard, dome-shaped shell ranges from tan to black in color. This reptile spends much of its life in underground burrows to escape the harsh
summer heat and winter cold. The desert tortoise can live to be more than 70 years old.
More traditionally recognized form or as quartzite, is found throughout the state. In areas such as the Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon Recreational Lands, both near Las Vegas, it provides some of Nevada's most spectacular scenery. The State Capitol, and the former United States Mint, are built of sandstone. Students at Gene Ward Elementary School in Las Vegas came up with the idea of making sandstone our state rock.
|Seal||Great Seal, February 24, 1886|
|Slogan||"Battle Born" March 26, 1937
In 1937, the Nevada Legislature adopted the following slogan that was to be used on all state stationery and advertising publications:
Nevada, one state without an income tax, a corporation tax, an inheritance tax, a gift tax, a sales tax. With cheap power; and liberal mining, corporation, taxation and other laws. Welcome to Nevada.
This slogan was repealed in 1951.
|Song||"Home Means Nevada" 1933
Written by Mrs. Bertha Raffetto
|Tartan||Tartan, May 8, 2001|
|Tree||Single-leaf Pinon (Pinus monophylla) 1953
Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) 1987
An official act of the legislature is required to designate official features and emblems of the State. The first legislative act of this type was the designation in 1953 of the single leaf pinion as Nevada's official state tree. The last designation made by the legislature, which was during the 1995 Session, established the tule duck decoy as the official state artifact. See
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