- historical event:
- Today, tourism is the main source of revenue in the U.S. state of Nevada. Interestingly, Nevada is also the fourth largest gold manufacturer in the world. Around two-thirds of the population of Nevada lives in Las Vegas and its surrounding area.
On this day in 1864, Nevada was recognized as a U.S. state, thus becoming the 36th state in the USA. It is interesting to note that the American Civil War was still in full swing at that time. Thus, Nevada earned the nickname “Battle Born State”.
The famous Las Vegas is by far the largest city in Nevada. Indeed, almost two-thirds of the population of Nevada lives in Las Vegas and its surrounding area. Even so, Las Vegas is not the capital of that state – the honor belongs to Carson City, located in western Nevada, near the town of Reno. As much as around 86% of the land in Nevada is the property of the U.S. government.
The name “Nevada” is of Spanish origin and means “snowy”. The state got that name from the Sierra Nevada mountain. Tourism is now the main source of revenue in the state, and it is interesting that Nevada is also the fourth largest gold manufacturer in the world.