Welcome to Nevada! Whether you came to the famous state of Nevada for the glitzy lights of Las Vegas, the majestic sands of the Mojave desert, or the glistening slopes of Lake Tahoe, Nevada is sure to leave an impression of a lifetime! There's no better way to memorialize your vacation than with a one-of-a-kind, Nevada State Passport. Here is just a few of the interesting facts you'll find in this elegant gift:
- Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other city in the United States.
- Less rain falls in Nevada than in any other US state, averaging only 7" per year!
- The state's highest waterfall falls 100 feet and is located in the Ruby Mountains in northeast Nevada.
- The Hoover Dam was built over five years from 1930 - 1935. Its reservoir holds 9.2 trillion gallons of water (almost as large as our national debt!) and produces 2.8GW of power, roughly as much as 3 nuclear power stations.
- No income, inheritance, gift or estate, franchise, inventory, or corporate taxes are levied in Nevada.
Nevada Souvenir State Passports cost $5.45 each plus $.70 for shipping and are very easy to order. To purchase this memorable souvenir for yourself, family or friends simply click on the secure PayPal 'Add to Cart' button below:
The information below provides a content preview of your Nevada Souvenir State Passport. Only certain sections are available online, but the entire souvenir Nevada passport can be yours for only $5.45.
Welcome to Nevada - The Silver State! (page 1)
I, the undersigned, hereby request all whom it may concern to permit the person named herein to enjoy without delay the hospitality and beauty of this great State and to give aid to ensure a safe and pleasant journey to the Nevada Passport bearer named herein.|
American Frontiersman and Explorer
Overview of Nevada
To describe Nevada properly takes many different words. Visitors, ranchers, movie stars, slot machines, growing cities, and wilderness are but a few. A progressive state with a stable economy primarily based on tourism and gaming, Nevada delightfully mixes nighttime entertainment, outdoor sports, and beautiful landscapes.
In area, Nevada is the seventh largest state in the nation and its 2.5 million residents have plenty of country to explore. Snow-capped mountains rise more than two miles into the clear, blue sky sourcing streams that run cold into the valleys below. The waterways are filled with bass and trout and the forests provide ample opportunity to hunt deer, partridge, antelope and much more.
In the near past, prospectors roamed Nevada's wild mountains to find gold, silver, and other precious metals. This decorated Western history created vast fortunes found, lost, and exploited.
A friendly, hospitable state developing its resources, planning its future, and perserving its past: that's Nevada!
DID YOU KNOW:
- The city of Sparks was named after the governor, John Sparks, in the early 1900s.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Carson City was named after Kit Carson in 1858.
- Nevada's Highway 50 has been called the "loneliest road in America".
- Pyramid Lake is the largest natural desert lake in the continent United States.
- Oil is a natural resource found in central and eastern Nevada.
- Millions of people come to play Keno and Bingo in Nevada's thousands of casinos.
- The U.S. Government owns eighty-six percent of the land in Nevada.
- 'Owyhee' is the headquarters of the Shoshone Indian Reservation
- The Las Vegas 'strip' is three-and-one-half miles long.
- Forty million people visit Nevada each year.
- The mean elevation of Nevada is 5,500 feet.
- The town of Tonopah derives its name from the Indian phrase 'brush water'.
The official Nevada Trivia Board Game has many more interesting Nevada trivia facts.
Nevada Vital Statistics
State Capitol: Carson City
Statehood: October 31, 1864, the 36th state
State Motto: "All for our Country"
State Slogan: "Battle Born"
Largest City: Las Vegas (1.8 million in metro area)
State Population: 2.5 million
Land Area: 110,561 square square miles, 7th largest
Water Area: 667 square miles
State Length: North-South, 483 miles
State Width: East-West, 320 miles
Longest River: Humboldt River, 265 miles
Deepest Lake: Lake Tahoe, 1,646 feet
Largest Lake: Pyramid Lake, 108,000 acres
Hottest Temperature: 125°F in Laughlin on June 29, 1994
Coldest Temperature: -50°F in San Jacinto on January 8, 1937
Highest Point: Boundary Peak, 13,140 feet
Lowest Point: 470 feet, along the Colorado River
Las Vegas, Nevada
The world-renowned City of Las Vegas offers much more than its centerfold gaming industry. The entertainment capital of the world is a Mecca for practically any kind of amusement including: music, stage shows, art, gambling, theatre, international shopping and much more. Because of its wide range of decadent distractions, the fitting adage: "What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas" is strictly adhered to by most Las Vegas tourists.
The City of Sin boosts almost 39 million tourists per year who stay in hundreds of thousands of hotel rooms--a number that is growing rapidly. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the number of hotel rooms projected in Las Vegas by 2010 is a staggering 171,000. The largest hotel in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand, contains a whopping 5,690 rooms.
DID YOU KNOW:
Virginia City, Nevada
- About seventy percent of the residents of Nevada live in or around Las Vegas.
- It is against the law to pawn your dentures in Las Vegas!
- Las Vegas has the longest fire truck in the world--one hundred feet in length.
- Only twenty one percent of Nevada's residents were born in the state.
- Las Vegas in Spanish means "The Meadows".
Historic Virginia City is Nevada's premier silver mining town and it has been beautifully preserved in the image of its heyday splendor. The city attracts an impressive two million visitors per year, despite its modest population of only 1,500 people. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and is often considered the birthplace of Mark Twain.
If you would like to visit or find out more information about Virginia City, please visit the useful tourist information website: "Step Back in Time" Virginia City, Nevada
DID YOU KNOW:
Nevada State Song
- The famed Virginia & Trukee short line railroad ran from Virginia City to Reno from 1869 to 1938.
- Developed around the silver and gold strikes in the 1860's, Virginia City had gas lights in the streets by 1862 and a telephone system in place by 1877.
Nevada's Legislature adopted "Home Means Nevada" as the state's official song in February of 1933. It was written by Mrs. Bertha Raffetto (1885-1952).
Nevada State Song|
"Home Means Nevada"
Way out in the land of the setting sun,
Where the wind blows wild and free,
There's a lovely spot, just the only one
That means home sweet home to me.
If you follow the old Kit Carson trail,
Until desert meets the hills,
Oh you certainly will agree with me,
It's the place of a thousand thrills.
Home means Nevada
Home means the hills,
Home means the sage and the pine.
Out by the Truckee, silvery rills,
Out where the sun always shines,
Here is the land which I love the best,
Fairer than all I can see.
Deep in the heart of the golden west
Home means Nevada to me.
Whenever the sun at the close of day,
Colors all the western sky,
Oh my heart returns to the desert grey
And the mountains tow'ring high.
Where the moon beams play in shadowed glen,
With the spotted fawn and doe,
All the live long night until morning light,
Is the loveliest place I know.
Nevada State Animal
The Nelson Big Horn sheep, or 'bighorn' for short, is Nevada's official state animal. It is smaller than its Rocky Mountain cousin, but still has a wide spread of horns. The bighorn is well suited for Nevada's mountainous desert country because it can go for long periods without water.
The bighorn subsists on grass, pine nuts, wild bushes, Mormon tea, Joshua tree, yucca, and cactus plants.
The large rams stand about three-and-a-half feet tall and average 160 pounds, but can weigh as much as 250 pounds. Ewes average closer to 100 pounds.
DID YOU KNOW:
Nevada State Flag
- 'Old Nagah' is the Indian name for the bighorn sheep.
- Unlike antlers, which are shed by animals each season, horns persist for the life of the animal and never stop growing.
On March 26, 1929, after several years of debate, Nevada Governor Balzar approved a design by Louis Schellbach, III for the official state flag. This design incorporates two sprays of sagebrush, the Nevada State Flower, forming a half-wreath around a five-pointed star. The words "Battle Born" are inscribed above the star, which is surrounded by letters that form the word 'NEVADA'. This emblem is located in the upper lefthand corner of the flag on a cobalt blue background.
Nevada state flags make great gifts; if you'd like to purchase your own Nevada state flag, check out the Flag Store for a great selection of indoor and outdoor flags.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Due to a mix-up in the way the original text was written on the bill that was sent to the Governor, the original state flag had the letters of the word 'NEVADA' inscribed between the points of the star on the flag.
- This error was not found until 1989, and in 1991 the Nevada State Legislature voted to move the word 'NEVADA' directly beneath the star as they felt this best reflected the original design by Schellbach.
Your Nevada State Passport is also filled with many pages of educational state history and science. Here is another glimpse of what this unique souvenir has to offer...
Now that you've seen just a small portion of what your Nevada State Passport has to offer, hopefully you'll agree that this truly unique souvenir would make the perfect gift after a great vacation. Even better, at only $5.45 + $0.70 shipping each, it's simple and affordable to give this great holiday momento to your whole family!
Order online and you'll have your own Nevada novelty passport on your doorstep in days!