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 Nevada, USA - Round house and Shops, Sparks, Nev.

Nevada is a state of extremes. It has the least rainfall of any state, one of the smallest populations, and twenty-eight north-south mountain ranges that wrinkle the floor of the Great Basin. In total Nevada has over 100 mountain ranges, making it the most mountainous state in the nation. Its mines have produced vast amounts of silver, gold, and copper. Most of its rivers drain into “sinks” without outlets where the water evaporates, leaving alkali mud flats and dry lakes. Yet, it is one of the most visited of the fifty states, thanks to Reno and Las Vegas.

In 1899 Charles Fey invented a slot machine named the Liberty Bell. The device became the model for all slots to follow.

There were 16,067 slots in Nevada in 1960. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for every 10 residents.

Nevada takes its name from a Spanish word meaning snow-clad. Most of the state is desert but the Sierra Nevada mountain range near Reno and the Ruby Mountains near Elko has snow for half the year.

Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.

Nevada contains the most mountain ranges of any state in the USA. In Spanish, Nevada is "snow-capped range".

From 1951 to 1992, a swath of land about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas was used for hundreds of nuclear weapons tests.

The U.S. government owns 80% of the land in Nevada.

There is MUCH more to discover about Nevada, USA. Read on!

Nevada Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Round house and Shops, Sparks, Nev.
Nevada, USA

Round house and Shops, Sparks, Nev.
Switchboard used in the Southern Nevada Consolidated Telephones and Telegraph Company offices in Gol
Nevada, USA
Switchboard used in the Southern Nevada Consolidated Telephones and Telegraph Company offices in Goldfield, Nevada
Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World
Nevada, USA

Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World
Ormsby County Court House, Carson City, Nevada
Nevada, USA

Ormsby County Court House, Carson City, Nevada
Visit Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Nevada, USA

Visit Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Flag of Nevada
Adopted July 25, 1991
Nevada, USA
Flag of Nevada
Adopted July 25, 1991

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1821 - Mexico took control of the Nevada area webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
1841 - Earliest immigrants, the Bartleson-Bidwell party, passed through Nevada webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
1842 - Capt. John Fremont and party were first white men to view Lake Tahoe webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
1846 - Donner party became trapped in the Sierras. 47 out of 87 perished. webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
1848 - Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo, ended the war with Mexico, the United States acquired Nevada.

1849 - March 18 - State of Deseret, including most of Nevada and Utah, was organized by the Mormons with Brigham Young as Governor (not recognized by Congress).

1859 - Nevada was made famous by the discovery of the fabulous Comstock Lode. Its mines have produced large quantities of gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, mercury, barite, and tungsten. resources/ state-facts/ nevada.html
1861 - Nevada population 14,404

1864 - October 31 - Nevada became 36th state webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
1869 - Gambling was legalized in Nevada - transcontinental railroad crossed Nevada for the first time webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
1869 - The Nevada Assembly has stricken out the word "white" from the Constitution by a vote of 24 to 14. The Constitutional Amendment for female suffrage was defeated.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
March 6, 1869
1871 - Nevada silk-worms reeled out 300,000 cocoons last year.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 17, 1871
1889 - January 1 - A total eclipse is seen over parts of California and Nevada.
January 1, 1889
1895 - Nevada
Nevada, ne-vah'da, one of the Pacific states of the American Union, bounded N. by Oregon and Idaho, E. by Utah and Arizona, S.W. and W. by California. Excepting small areas in the N., which are drained by affluents of the Columbia, and a small section in the S., whence the water flows into the Rio Colorado, all the state belongs to the so called Great Basin, or Fremont Basin, a region whose scanty waters do not flow to the sea. The northern border of the state is in lat. 42° N.; the eastern limit is, for the most part, the meridian of 114° W. long.; and southward for more than 200 miles from the N.W. angle of the state the meridian of 120° W. is the western boundary-line. At the extreme S.E. the Rio Colorado for some distance divides Nevada from Arizona. Area, 110,700 square miles...

Indians—The aboriginals are mainly of Piute, Shoshone, and other kindred stock. They number 1552, and, notwithstanding their degraded condition when first known to white men, they have generally been... Read MORE...

1899 - Nevada - Charles Fey invented a slot machine named the Liberty Bell. The device became the model for all slots to follow. resources/ state-facts/ nevada.html
1918 - State prohibition law went into effect webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
1924 - February 7 - Capital punishment: The first state execution using gas in the United States takes place in Nevada.
February 7, 1924
1931 - March 17 – Nevada legalizes gambling.
March 17, 1931
1935 - September 30 - Roosevelt Dedicates Boulder Dam (later to be known as Hoover Dam)
Government Spending Is To Be Ended
Private Industry Mus Now Maintain Recovery Pay Says F.R.

by Frederick A. Storm
United Press White House Correspondent

BOULDER DAM, Nev., Sept. 30 (U.P.) - Government spending has created the purchasing power - now it is up to private industry to maintain the recovery pace set by the New Deal, President Roosevelt told the nation today.

The 108,000,000 Boulder dam completed with PWA funds, and American's greatest engineering achievement since the Panama canal served as a fitting backdrop to Mr. Roosevelt's speech, which clearly indicated that the administration had also completed its major financing program in putting the idle back to work.

Private Industry Must Aid -
"It is a simple fact," the chief executive said as he participated in the dam dedicatory exercises, "that the government spending is already beginning to show definite signs of its effect on consumer spending, that the putting of people to work by the government has put... Read MORE...

1936 - October 9 - The Hoover Dam Produces Electricity
The Hoover Dam took almost five years to build. It stands 726 feet tall and is 660 feet thick at its base. Many dams are built to control flooding, but the Hoover Dam is hydroelectric.

The Hoover Dam uses the water in the Colorado River to produce electricity. On October 9, 1936, this huge project began to generate electricity for people in Nevada, Arizona, and California.

During the Great Depression, many Americans did not have jobs. The construction of the dam created work for thousands of people who came from all over the country. When the Hoover dam was built in Nevada, the federal government created an entire town so the workers and their families had a place to stay. It was called Boulder City. Still, workers faced very hard conditions such as safety hazards and worked in temperatures that could be hotter than 120 degrees!

The Hoover Dam tamed the wild Colorado River, supplied electricity to people in the West, and provided jobs to many others. However, there were... Read MORE...

1951 - The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission began testing in newly established Nevada Proving Grounds webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ nvtimeln.htm
2023 - There's something for everyone in the Silver State. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Nevada:
Las Vegas: No visit to Nevada is complete without experiencing the entertainment capital of the world. Explore the famous Las Vegas Strip, catch a show, try your luck at the casinos, or simply people-watch.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Just a short drive from Las Vegas, this stunning desert landscape offers hiking trails, rock climbing, and the chance to see unique geological formations.

Hoover Dam: Located on the border of Nevada and Arizona, this engineering marvel is an iconic attraction. Take a guided tour to learn about its history and significance.

Lake Tahoe: Head to this breathtaking alpine lake, which straddles the Nevada-California border. Enjoy boating, hiking, skiing (in winter), or simply relax on the beaches.

Great Basin National Park: Located in eastern Nevada, this park offers opportunities for stargazing, cave exploration (Lehman Caves), and hiking in the beautiful Wheeler Peak area.

Reno: Known as the "Biggest Little City in the World,"... Read MORE...

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