by Sherri Smith
Nevada has been associated with, more or less, four “official” flags with the current design having been made the official in 1991. The current design is very similar to the design adopted in 1929; however, it fixes some errors that were not caught until 60 years later.
During the 1929 session of the Nevada State Legislature, a bill was introduced that repealed the 1915 flag and officially adopted the “Schellbach” design. This bill went through the state senate; however, it was held up in the Assembly because the flag did not include the state name. The Senate and the Assembly could not agree on the placement of the name and a conference committee was designed and a compromise was worked out.
On March 26, 1929, the bill adopting the “Schellbach” flag was signed by then Governor Balzar. However, the bill that was signed by the Governor was not the version that contained the amendment agreed upon by the Senate and the Assembly. This error was discovered by legislative researcher Dana Bennett in 1989 and was confirmed by the State Archives and Records Administrator Guy Rocha.
Senator William Raggio introduced the bill in 1991 to correct the problem. After the Senate and Assembly hearings on the subject, the legislature voted to correct all of the shortcomings of the 1929 flag legislation.
Nevada Revised Statutes state: “The official flag of the State of Nevada is hereby created. The body of the flag must be of solid cobalt blue. On the field in the upper left quarter thereof must be two sprays of sagebrush with the stems crossed at the bottom to form a half wreath. Within the sprays must be a five-pointed silver star with one point up. The word “Nevada” must also be inscribed below the star and above the sprays, in a semicircular pattern with the letters spaced apart in equal increments, in the same style of letters as the words “Battle Born.” Above the wreath, and touching the tips thereof, must be a scroll bearing the words “Battle Born.” The scroll and the word “Nevada” must be golden-yellow. The lettering on the scroll must be black-colored sans serif gothic capital letters.”