Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Nevada
Nevada, our 36th state, was admitted to the Union October 31st, 1864. The 2000 census has Nevada's population at 1,998,257, ranking 35th in the US. With a total area of 110,561 square miles, the state ranks 7th in size. Nevada's capital is Carson City; Las Vegas is its largest city.
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Nevada State Bird: Mountain bluebird
Nevada State Flower: Sagebrush
Nevada State Motto: All for our country
Nevada State Song: Home Means Nevada
Nevada State Trees: single-leaf piñon and bristlecone pine
Nicknames: Silver State, Sagebrush State
The geographic center of Nevada lies in Lander County, 26 miles SE of Austin. At 12,143 feet, Boundary Peak in the Toiyabe National Forest on the California border is the state's highest point. The name Nevada comes from the Spanish, meaning "snow-clad."
Brief History: Shoshone, Paiute, Bannock, and Washoe peoples lived in the area at the time the first Europeans, Spanish explorers, arrived in 1776. Hudson's Bay Company trappers explored the north and central region in 1825. Trader Jedediah Smith crossed the state, 1826-27. The area was acquired by the US in 1848 at the conclusion of the Mexican War. The first settlement, Mormon Station, now Genoa, was established in 1849. Discover of the gold- and silver-rich Comstock Lode in 1859 prompted a population boom. In the early 20th century, Nevada adopted such progressive measures such as the initiative, referendum, recall and women's suffrage.
Nevada is home to Death Valley (with California) and Great Basin National Parks. Other Nevada attractions include the Hoover Dam; Lake Mead; Valley of Fire State Park; Virginia City; Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area; Liberace Museum, the Las Vegas Strip, Guinness World of Records Museum, Lost City Museum, Overton, Lamoille Canyon, Pyramid Lake, all Las Vegas; and skiing near Lake Tahoe.