Man, I really took a break from this column.
Anyways, this week's flag redesign is Nevada. I have admittedly only been to Nevada a handful of times, despite only living in states bordering it (California and Oregon). I visited Reno in high school to check out the University of Nevada Reno, the second-largest college in the state if you disregard the University of Southern Nevada which is technically a four-year school but only in a few select majors. Reno seemed like a fun city, and my quick Vegas layover sprint to the Pawn Stars pawn shop was an adventure.
Obviously, Nevada has much more to offer than a few schools and some cheesy pawn shops, and that's what I wanted to learn more about. I quickly discovered that Nevada is a state that is very proud of its history.
Nevada was a largely unsettled plot of land for many years, due to the whole middle of nowhere desert thing. That all changed when a silver deposit was found in Mount Richardson in 1859. Known as the Comstock Lode, the silver discovery led to a series of boomtowns and other development in the recently acquired territory.
Nevada then became a state in 1864, the 36th in the United States. This rush to legally make Nevada a state has a lot to do with the fact that the Union wanted to make sure and claim it as an ally, largely thanks to it's mined wealth and likely support for President Lincoln's re-election campaign. This war-time inception led to the state's official nickname, "Battle Born". Nevada may have only sent 1200 soldiers to battle, but they also sent $400 million in silver to finance the war efforts of the North.
Current-day Nevada is a little less wild west territory and a little more suburban family developments, but don't underestimate the power of Vegas. Nevada's top moneymaking industry is still tourism and mined silver & gold is still a major source of economic power. The mountains are more for recreational activities than impeding westward pioneers and are home to many well-known resorts.
The flag itself currently looks like this:
It is rather unique, being the only state flag with the focal point of the design being in the corner, or canton, of the flag. On it, you can see the state plant, sagebrush. The state motto is inscribed on the banner. This flag is not a very detailed one, and certainly not one with too many hidden details.
Going into this flag redesign, I wanted to pay homage to both the mountains and its treasure within. I also wanted to incorporate their chosen cobalt blue, rather than the oft-debated glory (navy) blue that the Union soldiers wore on their uniforms. I also wanted to include a subtle nod to the winter sports industry, which you can see in the not-so-black diamond marker shapes. These diamonds also are representative of the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign that is known internationally as the sign that you are in Nevada.
At first, I started out with the simple mountain shape and included gold and silver. This looked rather blank and needed more detail, but I liked where it was heading.
I then went on to add in the diamonds and fine tune the gold and silver to something more fitting. I'm happy with the final version and would love feedback in the comments below! Thanks for reading!
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NSTATE, LLC Www.n-state.com. "The Nevada State Flag." Nevada State Flag - About the Nevada Flag, Its Adoption and History. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Dec. 2016.