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State retiring miner entrance signs

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The old prospector has welcomed visitors to the Silver State for about a quarter century, but it’s time to retire him, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

In Douglas County you can find the signs along Highway 395, Highway 88 and Highway 50.

The agency is inviting Nevada residents to enter a raffle to receive a “Welcome to Nevada” sign as the old, obsolete highway signs are redesigned and replaced later this year.

The iconic signs depicting a lone miner have stood at many interstate and freeway entrances into Nevada, welcoming drivers to the state for approximately 25 years. The signs will be replaced beginning this year by new welcome signs designed by Nevada high school graphic artists through a contest. Organized by the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education and NDOT, the contest invited the public to vote on new welcome sign designs which incorporate new Nevada imagery and branding.

“These new signs will be an important representation of the new Nevada that better reflects our state brand, “A World Within, A State Apart,” NDOT Communications Director Sean Sever explained. “The existing signs that have stood on Nevada roadways for many years are a source of pride and state identity for Nevadans, which is why we wanted to share them and offer a chance for people to bring a bit of state history home.”

Free entry is available at nevadadot.com or by calling 888-7000. Residents can also enter by direct messaging through the Department’s Facebook and Twitter social media accounts. One winner will be randomly selected from each region (northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast) shortly before the Nevada Day holiday weekend and personally notified as the existing signs are replaced beginning this year. Only one entry per person is allowed, and winners must be Nevada residents and willing to sign a waiver regarding lawful usage of the signage.