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A Brief History of Nevada
The first inhabitants of Nevada were Native Americans who lived in various tribes and cultures. They left behind evidence of their presence in the form of art, tools, and dwellings.
Spanish missionaries and traders who followed the Old Spanish Trail in the late 1700s and 1800s were the first European explorers to reach Nevada. They named the region "Nevada, " meaning "snow-covered" in Spanish.
The first significant influx of settlers came during the gold rush 1849 when thousands of prospectors crossed Nevada on their way to California. Some stayed and discovered silver and other minerals in Nevada, sparking a mining boom that lasted for decades.
Nevada became the 36th state in 1864 during the Civil War. It was nicknamed the "Battle Born State" because it joined the Union as a free state. It also adopted its motto, "All for Our Country," to show its loyalty.
Nevada experienced another wave of growth in the 20th century, thanks to the development of tourism, entertainment, gaming, and military industries. Las Vegas became the world's gambling capital, while Reno became known as the "Biggest Little City in the World." Nevada also hosted several nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site.
Location & Climate
Nevada has a varied climate that depends on elevation and location. The southern part of the state has a hot desert climate, with long summers and mild winters. The northern part of the state has a semi-arid climate, with cold winters and warm summers. The highest point in Nevada is Boundary Peak, at 13,147 feet above sea level. At the same time, the lowest is the Colorado River, at 479 feet above sea level.
Fun Facts of Nevada and Pets
Nevada is one of the few states allowing legal gambling on animal races, such as horse and dog racing.
Nevada is home to the world's largest gold nugget, which weighs 61 pounds and is worth about $7 million. It was found by a dog named Felice in 1987 near Winnemucca.
Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state in the contiguous USA, with over 300 named degrees.
Nevada is also home to more than 300 species of birds, including the state bird, the mountain bluebird.
Nevada has a state fossil, the ichthyosaur, a marine reptile that lived about 200 million years ago. You can see fossils of these creatures at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.
Nevada has a state animal, which is the desert bighorn sheep. This wild sheep lives in the rocky mountains and canyons of Nevada. They are known for their impressive horns and agility.
Nevada has a state dog, the Blue Heeler, also known as the Australian Cattle Dog. These dogs are loyal, intelligent, and energetic and were bred to herd cattle.