Not only is today Halloween, a fantastic holiday, but it is also Nevada’s birthday! Nevada is a whopping 150 today and looking mighty fine!
Even though I am in Oregon, I am still a Nevadan at heart so I should get to celebrate this day too! I considered bringing in Nevada shaped cookies into work today. But since we are having a Halloween party, more cookies were probably not necessary.
In honor of Nevada’s birthday here are some fancy facts all about Nevada. Enjoy.
- To drive from Los Angeles, California to Reno, Nevada the direction traveled is to the west.
- Bugsy Siegel named his Las Vegas casino “The Flamingo” for the long legs of his showgirl sweetheart, Virginia Hill.
- In March 1931 Governor Fred Balzar signed into law the bill legalizing gambling in the state.
- Construction of the Nevada State Capitol located in Carson City was proposed on April 14, 1870.
- The ghost town of Rhyolite still pays homage to early pioneers and their dreams. Remains of the depot, glass house, bank and other buildings are on display.
- Virginia City is the home of the Nevada Gambling Museum.
- The ichthyosaur is Nevada’s official state fossil.
- Nevada takes its name from a Spanish word meaning snow-clad.
- Locals use terms like The Sagebrush State, The Silver State, and The Battle Born State as nicknames for Nevada.
- Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state, with its highest point at the 13,145 foot top of Boundary Peak near the west-central border.
- Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
- 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.
- Construction worker Hard Hat’s were first invented specifically for workers on the Hoover Dam in 1933.
Can’t get enough Nevada love? Check out Nevada150 website for way more Nevada fun!