Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864 and this year is celebrates its Sesquicentennial so I thought I’d share a few facts about the Silver state.
· Although it is called the Silver state, it is also known as the Sagebrush state and the Battle Born state.
· The name Nevada came from the Spanish word nieve meaning "snow-capped”.
· It is the seventh largest state in the union and the most mountainous.
· Over 90% of Nevada is owned by BLM (the Bureau of Land Management).
· In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for every 10 residents.
· Nevadans usually pronounce the second syllable of their state name using the /æ/ vowel of "bad". Many from outside the Western United States pronounce it with the /ɑː/ vowel of "father" /nəˈvɑːdə/.
· Samuel Clemens moved to Virginia City and took the penname "Mark Twain" as a reporter working for the "Territorial Enterprise.”
· Carson City is one of the smallest state capitals in the country.
· Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
· Hoover Dam, the largest single public works project in the history of the United States, contains 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete, which is enough to pave a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York.
· The state's Highway 50, known as the Loneliest Highway in America, received its name from "Life" magazine in 1986. There are few road stops in the 287 mile stretch between Ely and Fernley.
· Nevada tribes include the Shoshone, Washo and Paiute.
· Area 51 is acknowledged with State Route 375 officially christened "The Extraterrestrial Highway" in a ceremony featuring the director and cast of the movie "Independence Day." The highway runs between Alamo and Tonopah. There is a tiny restaurant stop at the Little Ale' Inn at Rachel.
· The only Nevada lake with an outlet to the sea is man made Lake Mead.
· Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.
· The longest morse code telegram ever sent was the Nevada state constitution. Sent from Carson City to Washington D.C. in 1864. The transmission must have taken several hours.