Nevada . . . State 36
Nevada's official flag was adopted on March 26, 1929, but was revised on June 8, 1991. The flag has a deep blue background and shows a yellow flowing ribbon that reads "BATTLE BORN." A five-pointed silver star and the words NEVADA are under the ribbon. These are surrounded by green sagebrush with yellow flowers. Sagebrush is Nevada's state flower. The silver star represents the rich mineral wealth of Nevada, especially the famous Comstock lode which was discovered in 1859 and was one of the largest silver and gold mines ever found. The words "Battle Born" on Nevada's flag allude to fact that Nevada bacame a state during the Civil War.
Nevada was the 36th state in the USA and became a state in 1864. The capital city is Carson City and largest city is Las Vegas. Nevada borders Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and California.
Nevada is a Rocky Mountain state and is considered the most mountainous U.S. state and has more than 150 individual mountain ranges. Nevada is characterized by the high desert Great Basin in the northern portion of the state and the low desert in the southern portion of the state with mountain ranges in between.
Nevada is known for being the marriage and gambling state and approximately 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day. The luxurious casinos draw visitors from around the world. Nevada had the fastest growing population and one of the fastest growing economies. Las Vegas is also the fastest growing city in the Unites States because of many activities, bustling economy and also because of the property taxes being only 1%. Tourism is the state’s most important economic activity. Major tourist attractions are legalized casino gambling aand the resort areas of Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. The Lake Tahoe region also has a number of popular ski resorts.
Nevada's alpine topography, central and north, and the desert conditions of the south are as different as day and night. In the southern desert area summers are extremely hot, dry and windy. Average summer high temperature is 90+ degrees. Winters in the desert are short and mild, with average highs in the 50's. In the central and northern mountain areas, summers are milder and evenings cooler. Winter in the central and northern mountainous area are much colder and snow, especially in the high mountains of the Lake Tahoe area. Annual precipitation amounts are very low in Nevada, with less than 10 inches common. Some higher elevations in the mountains receive up to 30 inches, and Lake Tahoe approaches 50 inches.
Nevada has 17 counties:
Churchill - Clark - Douglas - Elko - Esmeralda - Eureka - Humboldt - Lander - Lincoln - Lyon - Mineral - Nye - Pershing - Storey - Washoe - White Pine - Carson City