Nevada was originally founded in 1821 as part of the First Mexican Empire.
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As a result of the Mexican–American War and the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, Mexico permanently lost Nevada and the rest of Alta California in 1848. The new areas acquired by the United States continued to be administered as territories.
The Nevada Territory separated from the Utah Territory on March 2, 1861. It adopted its current name is shortened from Sierra Nevada (Spanish for "snow-covered mountain range").
Nevada was admitted as the 36th U.S. state on October 31, 1864, in part to help ensure Abraham Lincoln's re-election as President of the United States eight days later.
Nevada is officially known as the "Silver State" due to the importance of silver to its history and economy.
The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber took place in Nevada in February 1924.
The husband of silent movie actress Clara Bow, Rex Bell, was the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.
In 1973 Nevada was the first American state to license acupuncture as medical treatment.
FUN NEVADA FACTS
In Nevada it is illegal to ride a camel on the highway.
Nevada is the only US state to have a 'none of these candidates' option for President.
In Nevada, a disturbance with as few as two people can legally be considered a riot. In England it takes 12 people.
Out of the entire United States, Nevada has the most trash per person in its landfills—38.4 tons for each resident.
The state grass of Nevada is Indian Ricegrass. It was eaten by Native Americans and early pioneers.
Nevada is the driest state in the United States. The average annual rainfall per year is about 7 inches (18 cm).
Nearly three-quarters of Nevada's people live in Clark County, which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area.
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Reno, Nevada is actually west of Los Angeles, California.