Nevada state quick facts
|Largest city||Las Vegas|
|Governor||Brian Sandoval (R)|
The state of Nevada was named after the mountain range, 'Sierra Nevada' ('sierra' means "saw, the metal blade with sharp teeth - used for cutting wood" and 'nevada' means "snow-covered" in Spanish, but 'Sierra Nevada' refers to "snow-covered mountain range" as the row of the peaks looks like a saw from the distance) Though the state name literally means "snow-covered', it is the driest state in the United States!
Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state in the U.S. It has more than 300 mountain ranges.
Facts about Nevada state
Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864. It is the second of two states added to the Union during the Civil War (West Virginia, which seceded from Virginia, is the first)
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Facts about Nevada state
The Nevada Test Site, 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the city of Las Vegas, had the highest concentration of nuclear-detonated weapons in the United States. From 1951 to 1992, 928 nuclear tests were conducted at the site
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To obtain statehood for Nevada before the election on November 7, 1864, the entire state constitution (16,543 words and it cost $4303.27) was sent by telegraph during October 26–27, 1864 (The transmission took two days) to the United States Congress as any other way of sending it may not guarantee that it would reach Washington, D.C. on time. President Abraham Lincoln declared Nevada to be a state on October 31, 1864. A week later, as hoped, Nevada helped Lincoln's re-election with a thumping majority.
Nevada is home to nearly half of America’s wild horses and burros. Wild horses and burros (a burro is a small donkey) can quickly overpopulate an area. They have long life spans and are not very susceptible to predation or disease. Left unchecked, wild horse and burro numbers can double in four years. To bring wild horse and burro numbers in balance with the available food and water, the Bureau of Land Management captures excess animals and they are made available for adoption through Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program. More than 220,000 wild horses and burros have been adopted by private citizens
Nevada has more hot springs than any other state in the country, with more than 300 occurring naturally.
In 1861, a young Samuel Clemens arrived in Virginia City to try his hand at silver mining. Samuel Clemens began to send occasional letters to the Virginia City's newspaper, Territorial Enterprise, using the name "Josh". After finding no success in mining, he took the job as the city editor for the Virginia City's newspaper Territorial Enterprise with a salary of twenty-five dollars per week. In a February 3, 1863 letter to the Territorial Enterprise, Clemens signed "yours dreamily, MARK TWAIN", the first recorded use of the name under which he would become world-famous
Nevada-California border passes through the Stateline Swimming Pool, at the Cal-Neva Lodge. Visitors can swim and stand in two states at once
Nevada is the driest state in the nation with an average annual rainfall of seven inches
Dat So La Lee (Louisa Keyser), a member of the Washoe people in northwestern Nevada, was a celebrated Native American basket weaver.
State of Nevada has voted for the winning presidential candidate 92 percent of the time since all Lower 48 states first voted in the Election of 1912. During the past 100 years, Nevada has voted for the winner in every election except for 1976 and 2016. (Ohio is the only state that has voted for the winning Presidential candidate in each Presidential election in the last 50 years)
Nevada is the only state in US where prostitution is legal for licensed brothels. Prostitution is specifically illegal by state law in the state's larger jurisdictions, which include Clark County (which contains Las Vegas), Washoe County (which contains Reno), and the independent city of Carson City. Other counties with populations under 400,000 residents have the option to legalize it.
Nevada state facts
Nevada is one of only two states to become much bigger states after admission to the Union. (In 1866 a part of the western Utah Territory was added to Nevada to punish Utah for its Mormonism and on January 18, 1867, Nevada was given a big chunk of land from the Arizona Territory to punish Arizonians for their suspected support to Confederacy)
McCarran International Airport (code: LAS) in Las Vegas is the busiest airport in Nevada. It is named after the late U.S. Senator Pat McCarran. LAS covers 2,800 acres (11.3 sq.km.) of land.