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Nevada State Slogan
Adopted on March 26, 1937
"Battle Born", the state slogan, was adopted on March 26, 1937. It means Nevada became the 36th state in the union, during the Civil War.
Because of Nevada’s inextricable ties to the Civil War, people still commonly mistake “Battle Born” as the state motto, Rocha said. It doesn’t help that the nickname appears
on the state flag and has been in use just as long as the actual motto.
Thomas Fitch, who would go on to represent Nevada in Congress, is credited with coining the term “battle born” during Nevada’s second constitutional convention, in 1864. The
official state seal was selected at the same convention.
Battle Born is “about as old as ‘All for Our Country,’” Rocha said, “and I suspect the confusion is just as old.”
Having achieved statehood in the midst of the Civil War, the Battle Born
state has not only encouraged but also prospered from its errant image. Equally evident is the
unconventional, rebellious, and anti-government reputation associated with Nevadans who, regardless of their location, have proven themselves proud and fiercely loyal to their
state. Indeed, from 1937 to 1950, the state legislature approved of a state slogan designed to appear on all official stationery and advertising publications: “Nevada, one
state without an income tax, a corporation tax, an inheritance tax, a gift tax, a sales tax. With cheap power, and liberal mining, corporation, taxation, and other laws.
Welcome to Nevada.” This slogan was repealed in 1951.
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