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    State of Nevada
    Nickname Silver State
    Capital Carson City
    Largest city Las Vegas
    Population 3M (Rank:33)
    Governor Brian Sandoval (R)

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    Snow-covered
    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!

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    Land of mountains

    Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state in the U.S. It has more than 300 mountain ranges.

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    No. 36..Step forward
    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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    Little boy to Fat man
    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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    $4303.27
    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.

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    Feral horses
    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

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    Spring ahoy

    Nevada has more hot springs than any other state in the country, with more than 300 occurring naturally.

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    Twain
    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

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    Look Ma..I'm in 2 states

    Nevada-California border passes through the Stateline Swimming Pool, at the Cal-Neva Lodge. Visitors can swim and stand in two states at once

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    Driest state

    Nevada is the driest state in the nation with an average annual rainfall of seven inches

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    Dat So La Lee

    Dat So La Lee (Louisa Keyser), a member of the Washoe people in northwestern Nevada, was a celebrated Native American basket weaver.

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    Bellweather
    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)

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    Oldest profession
    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.

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    Big...bigger
    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)

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    LAS
    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.
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    Golden silver State
    Though Nevada is nicknamed 'Silver State', it is the largest gold-producing state in the U.S. and fourth largest gold-producer in the world. Ironically, the 'Golden State' (California) doesn't produce much gold as Alaska is the second largest gold-producing state in the U.S.

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    City that never sleeps
    With over 150,000 rooms and suites, Las Vegas, Nevada has more hotel rooms than any other city on earth. Of the top 25 largest hotels in the world, 15 are in Las Vegas

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    Largest % of land owned by Federal Govt
    Out of all the states in the United States, Nevada has the largest percentage of its land owned by the federal government.

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    Silver state

    America’s largest silver deposit, the Comstock Lode, was found in Nevada in 1859.

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    Hoover Dam
    Hoover Dam, located on the border of Nevada and Arizona, is the largest public works project ever undertaken in the U.S. and has a greater structural volume than the largest Egyptian pyramid. Originally called Boulder Dam, it was renamed in 1947 after Herbert Hoover, who negotiated the Colorado River Compact as the U.S. secretary of commerce before becoming the 31st U.S. president. Ironically, Hoover hadn't even been invited to the dam's dedication ceremony.

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    Area 51
    Area 51, a top secret area of Nellis Air Force Range and Nuclear Test Site, is rumored to have housed the development of the first Stealth bomber and alien and UFO research facilities

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    Capital
    Carson City, Nevada is the capital of the Nevada since the state's formation. Carson City, Nevada is one of only two U.S. state capitals that borders another U.S. state.

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    C. Carson
    Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson was the only illiterate Brigadier General ever to serve in the United States Army. Carson eventually learned to write "C. Carson" to put his signature, but it was very difficult for him. He used to put his thumb impression on official papers. Though he was born in Kentucky, raised in Missouri and resided in New Mexico, both the capital of Nevada (Carson City) and the Carson river were named after him. A national forest in New Mexico was named for Carson as well as a county in Colorado.

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    Stratosphere
    Stratosphere Tower of Stratosphere hotel and casino in Las Vegas is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. It is the second-tallest in the Western Hemisphere, surpassed only by the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    Largest alpine lake

    Lake Tahoe, located along the border between California and Nevada, is the largest alpine lake in North America. It is the second deepest lake in the United States.

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    None of These Candidates
    Nevada is the only U.S. state to have a 'None of These Candidates' option available on its ballots. The option was first added to the ballot in 1975 and is used in all statewide elections, including president, US Senate and all state constitutional positions. In the event 'None of These Candidates' "wins" the election, the candidate with the next-highest total is still elected.

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    Fifteenth Amendment
    Nevada was the first state to ratify the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution that prohibits the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude"

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    Was hard hat invented specifically for workers on the Hoover Dam?
    No. While the hard hat had been invented more then a decade before construction began on Hoover Dam, in all probability it was the first major public works project in the United States requiring use of a hard hat. Edward W. Bullard invented the hard hat in 1919 with miners safety in mind (the name used in the patent application was “Hard-Boiled hat”) Golden Gate Bridge project was the first project to use hard hats in the first official “Hard Hat Area’. However, Boulder Dam (renamed 'Hoover Dam' in 1947) was the first public project that made it mandatory for workers working at the canyon bottom. The Las Vegas Review Journal in its October 28, 1931 issue wrote, “Nobody will be allowed in the canyon bottom without one of the helmets, henceforth, according to Ed Brockman, supervisor of insurance and safety for the Big Six.” The story continued, “And Six Companies is paying the bill. A helmet for every man! And more than fifty dozen already have been issued. Others are en route from the factory, enough to protect the craniums of the army in its entirety.”

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    Nickname Silver State List
    Capital Carson City List
    Motto All for Our Country List
    Largest city Las Vegas List
    Largest metro Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise (rank: 29) List
    Abbreviation NV List
    Population 3 million (rank: 33) List
    Population density 27 per mile2 (rank: 42) List
    Life expectancy 78.1 (rank: 36) List
    Median age 37.8 years (rank: 22) List
    Area 110,577 mile2 (rank: 7) List
    Median household income $52,008 (rank: 33) List
    Statehood October 31, 1864 (36st state) List
    Mean elevation 5,500 ft (1676 m) List
    Highest point Boundary Peak 13,147 ft (4,007m) List
    Governor Brian Sandoval (R)
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