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Nevada State Facts

Population (1994): 1,457,000 (38th in size)

State size: 110,561 square miles (7th in size)

State Capital: Carson City (named after the Indian scout Christopher "Kit" Carson)

Major cities: Carson City, Las Vegas and Reno

Admission to union: The 36th State

Date entered the union: October 31, 1864

Origin of state name: Named after the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Sierra is Spanish for "mountain range", and Nevada is Spanish for "snow covered".

Nicknames: The Silver State

Bordering states: Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and California

State bird: Mountain Bluebird

State flower: Sagebrush

State tree: Single-Leaf Pinyon

Motto: All for Our Country

 

Geographic Landmarks

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Las Vegas has become internationally known for its gambling and entertainment.  

 

Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Nevada became part of the United States after the Mexican War of 1848, but was initially part of California. It later became part of Utah in 1850. Nevada officially became its own territory in 1861, after silver was discovered.  

 

Historical Highlights

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Population and Culture

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Climate

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Nevada

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