Nevada Facts

Nevada Facts
The State of Nevada is located in the mountain west, western and southwest United States. It shares state borders with Arizona, California, Utah, Oregon and Idaho. Nevada is the 7th largest U.S. state with 110,622 square miles. It is the 35th most populated state with approximately 2,758,931 residents and it is ranked as the 42 most densely populated state. Prior to European settlement in the 1800s, Nevada's region had been inhabited by Native American tribes. Following the Mexican War, the U.S. gained the land, and Nevada became the 36th U.S. state when it joined the Union in 1864. Prior to becoming a state it had been known as Nevada Territory.
Interesting Nevada Facts:
The name Nevada is derived from the Spanish word that means snowcapped.
Nevada's state nickname is 'Silver State, Sagebrush State'.
Nevada's state motto is 'All for Our Country'.
The state song for Nevada is 'Home Means Nevada'.
Nevada's capital city is Carson City and its largest city is Las Vegas.
Nevada residents are referred to as Nevadans.
Although originally adopted in 1929, Nevada's state flag was again revised in 1991.
Nevada's state flower is the sagebrush and the state grass is Indian ricegrass.
Nevada's state tree is the Single leaf pinon and bristlecone pine.
The state animal for Nevada is the desert bighorn and the state fish is the Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Nevada's major lakes include Walker Lake, Lake Tahoe, Lake Mojave, Lake Mead and Pyramid Lake.
Nevada's major rivers include Truckee River, Humboldt River and the Colorado River.
Major agriculture in Nevada includes hay, alfalfa seed, wheat, barley and potatoes.
Major industry in Nevada includes cattle, tourism, mining, gambling, divorce, seismic monitoring devices, titanium products, and hydro-electric power.
Nevada has 16 counties and one independent city.
Las Vegas, Nevada is the gambling capital of America.
Reno, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe are the major tourist draws in Nevada.
The Hoover Dam is also a popular tourist destination. It was at one time the highest concrete dam in the world. This dam has 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete.
The kangaroo rat found in Death Valley, Nevada can go without a drop of liquid for its entire life.
Nevada is home to more mountain ranges than any other U.S. state; its highest peak is 13,145 feet at Boundary Peak.
The proper name for Nevada's mountain range is the Sierra Nevada.
The Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is the longest running show, having opened in 1959.
There is an entire museum in Las Vegas dedicated to the music entertainer Liberace.
Area 51 is located in Nevada. It is believed to be the site for alien research and some believe the U.S. government has evidence of alien life in Area 51.
There are more hotel rooms in Las Vegas than anywhere else on earth.
The Los Vegas casino The Flamingo was named as such by Bugsy Seigel after his girlfriend. He chose the name because of her long legs.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) the author, moved to Virginia City in 1862.

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