Nevada is located in northwestern United States. It is surrounded by Arizona on the southeast, Utah on the east, California on the southwest and west, and Oregon and Idaho on the north and has a population of around 2.9 million. Carson city is the capital of Nevada, while Las Vegas is its largest city.
Nevada shot to fame with the discovery of 'Comstock Lode', in 1859. Nevada mines has produced a large amounts of gold, silver, copper, zinc, mercury, barite, and tungsten. In 1954, oil was also discovered in Nevada. It also ranks as the largest gold-producing state in the US, and fourth-largest in the world.
Facts about Nevada
Nevada is mostly made up of desert areas, and hence the climate is sunny and dry most of the year. The state experiences wide changes in the daily temperature as well. It is the driest state in the US, owing to its rainfall; a meager 7 inches per year.
The prime source of income is tourism and gambling. Mining contributes to the rest of the revenue generation for Nevada.
The majority of Nevada's population are Christians. Other major religions comprises Latter-day Saint/Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, and other miscellaneous religions. The residents of Nevada speak English, while Spanish is the unofficial language of the state.
Nevada's economy is dominated by tourism, mining, cattle and sheep raising, machinery, printing, publishing, food processing, and electric equipment.
It is famous for its manufacture of gaming equipment, lawn and garden irrigation equipment, seismic and machinery supervising devices, and titanium products. Nevada's agricultural yields include dairy products, alfalfa, hay, wheat, barley, onions, and potatoes.
In 1899, Charles Fey invented the first slot machine, called the Liberty Bell which became the model for all future slot machines. Today, there are over 200,000 slot machines in Nevada, which relates to about one slot machine for every 10 residents.
Nevada is also well-recognized for its easy marriage and divorce dealings, as well as legalized active brothels. Las Vegas is known as the Marriage Capital of the World.
Nevada ranks second in the United States by number of mountains, behind Alaska. The highest point, in Nevada, is the13,145 ft Boundary Peak, near the west central border. The Humboldt River, which begins in the desert ranges, has no outlet to the ocean.
Nevada has an entire skeleton of the Ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile. It is about 55 feet long and it is Nevada's official state fossil.
In Henderson, the annual Native American Arts Festival is a three-day festival held in celebration of Native American culture, including art, dance, food, and music. A number of world-famous events like the Great Reno Balloon Race, the National Championship Air Race, and many more take place in Nevada.
Nevada is the only state to have devoted an entire museum to the life and time of the famous entertainer Valentino Liberace.
A big state, with many attractions, places to see, and tourist spots make Nevada a famous destination for vacations. It's easy rules regarding marriage and divorce, and numerous casinos have made this place a heaven for tourists.