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Nevada Government & Politics
Contemporary Nevada
(1964-Present)

State Seal

The law requires that the state seal be placed by the Secretary of State on official documents.  The state seal was adopted by the legislature in 1866, but the design had been approved in 1864.  Designs on the seal depict activities which represent Nevada: mining, farming, the railroad, the telegraph, 36 stars to indicate that Nevada was the 36th state, and the motto, "All for Our Country".

The seal used from 1866 until 1913 was unusual.  There are two plumes of smoke on the seal, one coming from a smelter stack and one coming from a railroad engine.  In the earlier seal, the smoke from each smokestack went in a different direction.  The wind seems to be blowing in two different directions at the same time.  That oversight has been corrected.
 

Photo Credit:
Nevada Historical Society