Nevada State FactsPublished on August 27th, 2015 | by Brandon Ramsey in Geography
In Nevada, casinos are the name of the game, but today we’re going beyond the iconic city of Las Vegas and looking at some Nevada state facts that reveal more about this place and all of the unique characteristics and history it has. Let’s get started!
1. Charles Fey invented a slot machine called “The Liberty Bell” in 1899 that became the standard for all others.
2. The Las Vegas casino known as “The Flamingo” was named by Bugsy Siegel who chose the title because of his lover and showgirl, Virginia Hill.
3. Bertha the elephant performed at the Nugget casino in Sparks for 37 years until she passed away at the age of 48.
4. In 1999 Nevada possessed over 205,726 slot machines. That’s one for every 10 residents.
5. The first casino on Highway 91 (what would later become the Vegas Strip) was the Pair-O-Dice Club which opened in 1931.
6. Gambling was legalized in Nevada by Governor Fred Balzar who signed the bill in March of 1931.
7. Hoover Dam is one of the highest concrete dams in the world. It features guided tours and a museum on the premises.
8. The Kangaroo Rat resides in the scorching area of Death Valley. It can live its entire life without drinking water.
9. The ghost town of Rhyolite still stands today with remains of the depot, glass house, bank, and other buildings still viewable.
10. The official state fossil is the ichthyosaur.
11. The name Nevada is from a Spanish word for “snow-clad.”
12. While most of Nevada is desert, the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Ruby Mountains near Elko have snow for over half of the year.
13. Nevada is the seventh largest state with 110,540 square miles.
14. Over 85% of the state’s land is owned by the federal government, including the infamous military base: Area 51.
15. Second only to South Africa, this state produces the most gold in the world.
16. Nevada has over 50,000 miles of paved roads.
17. State road 375 is nicknamed “The Extraterrestrial Highway” since it runs by Area 51.
18. Hard Hats used by construction workers were first invented and used by workers at the Hoover Dam in 1933.
19. Las Vegas contains more hotel rooms than any other location on Earth.
20. Nevada sent its state constitution to Washington D.C via morse code telegraph in 1864. It took several hours to finish the transmission.
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