Nevada is officially known as the "Silver State" because of the importance of silver to its history and economy. It is also known as the "Battle Born State", because it achieved statehood during the Civil War (the words "Battle Born" also appear on the state flag); as the "Sagebrush State", for the native plant of the same name; and as the "Sage-hen State".
Interstate 80 Business (BL-80) is a 2.263-mile (3.642 km) long business loop of Interstate 80 (I-80) that connects the towns of West Wendover, Nevada and Wendover, Utah via Wendover Boulevard. The departments of transportation applied for the designation in the early 1980s but the name was never approved, despite signs being posted in both Nevada and Utah. A portion of the Nevada segment is cosigned as U.S. Route 93 Alternate (US 93 Alt). BL-80 was also cosigned with Nevada State Route 224 in Nevada, and is still cosigned with Utah State Route 58 (SR-58) in Utah. Wendover Boulevard was formerly part of US-40, which connected California to New Jersey via Nevada and Utah. Starting at the final Nevada exit of I-80, BL-80 heads south, cosigned with US 93 Alt until it intersects Wendover Boulevard. Just west of the intersection is the fire station and courthouse, as well as a filling station and fast food outlet. Traveling east along Wendover Boulevard, BL-80 passes by the Peppermill Casino, the West Wendover Visitors Center and Scobie Park.
There is always a sneer in Las Vegas. The mountains around it sneer. The desert sneers. And arrogant in the middle of its wide valley, dominating those diligent sprawling suburbs, the downtown city sneers like anything.