Hello and welcome to Day 18 of the American Made Blog Tour! I am representing the state of Nevada!
Below I’ve outlined a few of the more interesting facts about our state! To keep things interesting, I’ve gone with what I consider are the more FUN tidbits about our state! This is NOT your usual state tour!
Nevada became a state on October 31st, 1864. That’s right, we joined the union on Halloween! As you might imagine this makes for a fun mix of festivities each year. The state legislature actually designated October 31 as “Nevada Day” as well as a state holiday. This means Halloween is an official holiday in the state of Nevada!!
This is Nevada’s Governor’s mansion on Halloween!
Area 51 and Extraterrestrials!
We’re also famous for our secret government base where aliens are sequestered away in underground barracks (that’s right, I’ve seen Independence Day)! State Route 375 is the Extraterrestrial Highway! If you are interested, you can stop in Rachel, NV at the Little A’Le’Inn for an Alien Burger!
A large population of ocean based dinosaurs used to live here. Ichthyosaurs were ancient marine reptiles that swam in a warm ocean covering central Nevada 225 million years ago. This is what they looked like…pretty scary-eh?
You can go check out their skeletons but they’re located in a fairly isolated area of Nevada. They’re pretty cool though and well worth the trip!
Virginia City, NV is one of America’s most haunted towns! Home to the world’s largest silver deposit (the Comstock Lode), Virginia City was a mining boomtown in the 1800’s. The buildings remain and are a constant source of TV shows and ghost hunters looking to commune with the dead.
Among other mysteries here, there exists the mystery of the glowing headstone at the Silver Terrace Cemetery. Many people have seen it glowing in the moonlight but try, as they might, they are unable to determine just whose headstone it is and why it occasionally glows.
Nevada is a wonderful place to live and although I had access to countless sources of inspiration, I ultimately decided to use the desert and Old West as inspiration for my license plate!
Here it is!
I’ve highlighted the railroad and a skeleton on a desert background. Nevada surely epitomizes the old west and I was looking for themed ideas that would represent this.
I also cut my letters out of old denim jeans. Not only does that go along with the theme of my company, (Inventive Denim) but Jacob Davis, a tailor from Reno, NV invented the idea for rivets to strengthen jeans and worked with Levi Strauss to incorporate them into his pants! Making the letters out of denim seemed very appropriate for Nevada!
To download a copy of the free pattern, Click HERE: Lic Plate Tutorial- NV
Win, Win, Win!!
WINNER WINNER Chicken Dinner!!! The contest is over!! Thank you SO much for the comments! I loved reading each and every one!!
The two lucky winners are…
1. Kathy Howard- wins the Fat Quarter pack from Clothwords!
2. Teresa Van de Castle- wins the 15″ x 7″ stack of fabrics!
To WIN a fat quarter pack from Clothworks brand new American Made Brand fabrics please leave a comment below telling me which fact about Nevada you found most interesting!
I will also send out a separate prize pack containing a large stack of 15″ x 7″ American Made Brand fabrics!
All you have to do is leave your comment and two winners will be chosen, one for each of the above prizes. You have until June 18th to leave your comment. Contest has now ended, thank you!!
Please note, only folks living in the US may participate in the fabric giveaway-sorry!
Thank you for stopping by!