Visiting Nevada soon? If so, are you armed with some fun facts about this beautiful State? Know that Nevada is not simply all about Las Vegas. It definitely has a lot to offer.
To learn more about this beautiful state with wonderful communities that feature contemporary garage doors, check out of list of fascinating facts below:
Nevada is called the Silver State. However, it is actually the largest gold-producing state in the U.S.
Nevada’s nickname should definitely be changed in order to reflect the fact that it is the largest gold producer in America. In fact, it is the fourth-largest in the world. Note however, that Nevada also has Comstock Lode, the largest silver deposit in the country which was discovered in 1859. Comstock Lode has been named after the miner Henry Comstock.
Nevada means “snow covered.”
Nevada’s name is again quite confusing. The state has been named after the Sierra Nevada mountain range. While indeed, the Sierra Nevada peas are covered in snow, the state itself is the driest in the entire United States.
Nevada has a lot of mountain ranges.
Yep, you got it right. This state has more than 300 mountain ranges, topping the list of U.S. states with the most number.
Nevada is literally covered in sagebrush.
Sagebrush is a shrub that grows in the Nevada desert. It covers the desert which comprise about 20 percent of the entire state.
Carson City, Nevada’s capital, was named after General Carson.
Did you know that United States Army Brigadier General Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson, from which Carson City was named after was an illiterate? General Carson struggled to even write his signature, hence, he used to put thumb prints on official papers. However, General Carson was considered as a frontier legend, hence Nevada’s capital, a national forest in New Mexico and a county in Colorado were all named after him.
Nevada became a much bigger state after its admission to the Union.
In 1864, Nevada joined the Union. In two succeeding years, the state was able to increase its territory. In 1886, the western Utah territory was added to the state as a punishment for Utah’s Mormonism. In 1867, a chunk of the Arizona territory was also added to the state as a punishment for Arizona’s suspected support to the confederacy.
Nevada has the distinction of having the highest concentration of nuclear-detonated weapons in the U.S.
From 1951 to 1992, a total of 928 nuclear tests were conducted at the Nevada Test Site which is 65 miles or 105 km northwest of the Las Vegas. This makes Nevada as the state with the most number of nuclear tests done.
Nevada has the largest public works project in the U.S.
Hoover Dam, in between the border of Nevada and Arizona is the largest public works project in the U.S. and has a greater structural volume than the largest Egyptian pyramid. It was originally named Boulder Dam. However, in 1947, it was renamed after Herbert Hoover, who negotiated the Colorado River Compact when he was still the U.S. secretary of commerce before he became the 31st U.S. President.