The U.S. Postal Service celebrates Nevada statehood by issuing a Forever Stamp to commemorate its 150th anniversary.
Known by several nicknames - the Silver State, the Battle Born State, the Sagebrush State - Nevada became the 36th state on Oct. 31, 1864.
Artist Ron Spears, of Reno, Nevada, created his first sketches for the stamp on-site in Fire Canyon. Spears has a deep appreciation for the area.
Nevada Statehood stamp.
"I wanted to be at Fire Canyon when the sun broke over the horizon," Spears said. "It only lasts for a few moments, but seeing the rocks come to life as the morning sun hits them is definitely worth getting up early for."
Spears' original sketches were oils on canvas. The final painting, in oil, measures approximately 15-by-12 inches.
The Nevada Statehood Forever Stamp is available at post offices, online at: usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store on eBay at: ebay.com/stamps and by calling (800) STAMP24 (782-6724).
Kathleen Swanson is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.