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Nevada
( The Sagebrush State / The Battleborn State )
Nevada Map Nevada's name comes from the Spanish word meaning "snow clad" - a reference to the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada. In October 1864, Nevada was admitted as the 36th state to the Union. Nevada is in a mountain region that includes semiarid grasslands and sandy deserts, and is the most arid (dry) state in the nation. Nevada is a land of rugged, snow-capped mountains, grassy valleys and sandy deserts. It is also well-known for gambling and nightlife. Large, luxurious casinos in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno attract visitors from around the world. Virginia City and other historic Nevada towns remind visitors of the gambling prospectors who went west, a century ago, seeking fortunes in gold and silver. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Nevada include: Curtis Hanson, Jenna Jameson, Charisma Carpenter,

The Flag of Nevada
Nevada state flag Entered the Union in 1864 as the 36th state; flag adopted in 1991. Sprigs of sagebrush, the state flower, form a wreath on Nevada's flag. The silver star symbolizes Nevada's mineral wealth, and the words "Battle Born" indicate that Nevada became a state during the Civil War.
 

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Las Vegas, 478,434; Reno, 180,480; Henderson, 175,381; North Las Vegas, 115,488; Sparks, 66,346; Carson City, 52,457; Elko, 16,708; Boulder City, 14,966; Mesquite, 9,389; Fallon, 7,536
 
Business and Trade in Nevada
Agriculture: Cattle, hay, dairy products, potatoes.

Industries: Tourism, mining, machinery, printing and publishing, food processing, electric equipment.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Mountain Bluebird
  • Flower: Sagebrush (artemisia tridentata)
  • Tree: Single Leaf Piņon and Bristlecone Pine (pinus monophylla / pinus aristata)
  • Song(s): Home Means Nevada
  • Motto: All for Our Country

Nevada Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Ely Elk Viewing Area - Ely
Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge - Fallon
Lake Tahoe Eastshore Drive - Stateline at Lake Tahoe
Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex - Gardnerville
Clark County Museum - Henderson
capital  Capital: Carson City

statehood  Statehood: 1864-10-31

population  Population:
1,998,257 (18.2 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 110,560.71
    Water 734.71
    Land 109,825.99
    Rank 7th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University
    Libraries

border states   Border States: Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Nevada, there are 827,457 housing units, averaging to 7.5 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    Casino Journal
 
Posters and Artwork
Las Vegas Nevada Sign II
Las Vegas Nevada Sign II
Giclee Print 16" x 20"

 
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