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NEVADA Name means "snow capped" in Spanish. Nevada is 110,540 square miles; 485 miles long, 315 miles wide, Nevada ranks as the seventh largest in the United States. Nevada was the 36th state to be admitted. Nevada consists of seventeen counties.
CLARK COUNTY County was created Feb. 5 1908 and is named in honor of the U. S. senator, William A. Clark from Montana. He is also famous for building the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. The county is 7,881 square miles, 20,490.6 square kilometers, comparable to the area of Massachusetts.
LAUGHLIN Laughlin's current location was established in the 1940's with the South Pointe due to its proximity to Nevada's southern tip.  In 1964 Don Laughlin, owner of Las Vegas' 101 Club, flew over Laughlin and offered to buy the property. South Pointe was renamed Laughlin when the U.S. Postal Service inspector insisted Don Laughlin give the town a name-any name-in order to receive mail. Don Laughlin recommended the name of Riverside or Casino, but the postal inspector used Laughlin instead.
AREA (land) 109,826 sq miles (water) 761 sq miles (TOTAL) 110,587 sq miles
CAPITAL Carson City
FAMOUS DATES 1861 - Admitted as Territory of Nevada on March 2, 1861.
1864 - Admitted as the State of Nevada on October 31, 1864.
LOCATION Latitude 35:09:03N - Longitude 114:37:37W
MEAN ELEVATION (average) 5,489 ft.
HIGHEST POINT Boundary Peak, 13,140 ft.
LOWEST POINT is along the Colorado River near its border with California (479 ft.)
COUNTIES 17
COASTLINE  
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER approximately 26 miles to the southeast of Austin, in Lander County
STATE FOSSIL The Ichthyosaur (Shonisaurus) was designated in 1977 as the state fossil. Nevada has the only complete skeleton. This extinct marine reptile measures 55 feet.
STATE GRASS Indian Rye Grass (Oryzopsis hymenoides), once a staple food source for Nevada Indians once used this grass as a food source. This grass has ability to re seed itself and is ideal for areas damaged by fire or overgrazing.
STATE REPTILE The Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizi); is the largest reptile in the Southwestern United States. They live in the extreme southern parts of Nevada, spending most of their tim underground in burrows to escape the heat. The Desert Tortoise lives to be 70+ years old and ranges in color from black to tan.
STATE ROCK Sandstone, is found throughout the State. This rock is famous for the natural scenery it provides throughout Nevada.
STATE GEMSTONE Black Fire Opal, found in only one spot in the North American continent - Virgin Valley, Nevada.
STATE FLAG After a lengthy design competition, Nevada's flag was officially adopted on March 26, 1929. It was revised on June 8, 1991, and the state's name was added. It has a deep blue background and features a yellow, flowing ribbon that reads "BATTLE BORN." That phrase makes reference to Nevada becoming a state during America's Civil War. A silver star, and the word NEVADA, in a circular pattern, are featured under the ribbon. The silver star represents the states's rich silver and gold mineral wealth. This is surrounded by green sagebrush with yellow flowers. Note that sagebrush is Nevada's official state flower.
STATE COLORS Silver and Blue
STATE SEAL Adopted February 24, 1866. A gold seal embossed with the words "The Great Seal of the State of Nevada" around the edge. Interior design shows picture of mining, agriculture, industry and Nevada scenery. Under the scroll appears the State motto, "ALL FOR OUR COUNTRY".
STATE SLOGAN The Battle Born State - Adopted March 26, 1937
STATE MOTTO All for our country
STATE SONG "Home Means Nevada" - By Mrs. Bertha Raffetto, Reno
STATE TREE Single-leaf Pinon, Bristlecone Pine /font>
STATE BIRD Mountain Bluebird
STATE ANIMAL Desert Bighorn Sheep
STATE FISH Lahontan Cutthroat Trout
STATE METAL Silver
STATE NICKNAMES The Silver State
STATE FLOWER Sagebrush - Adopted March 20, 1917
BORDERING STATES Arizona - California - Idaho - Oregon - Utah
 

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