Nevada

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Abbreviation NV
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Carson City
Population 2,700,551
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Brian Sandoval (Republican, to January 2015)
Entered the Union October 31, 1864
as the 36th state
Motto All for Our Country
Nickname The Sagebrush State, The Silver State, The Battle-born state
Flower Sagebrush
Bird Mountain Bluebird
Song Home Means Nevada
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From a Spanish word meaning snowcapped
Historical Sites Las Vegas Mormon Fort, Stokes Castle in Austin, and the Pony Express Station in Elko
Points of Interest Hoover Dam, Pyramid Lake, Lake Tahoe, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Lehman Caves at the Great Basin National Park, Las Vegas, and Reno
Bordering States Nevada borders California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.
Flag Nevada's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Nevada from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

  • Nevada
    http://nv.gov/
    This is the official website for the State of Nevada.
  • Nevada State Library and Archives
    http://nsla.nv.gov/
    Here is the homepage for the Nevada State Library and Archives.
  • Nevada Division of Museums and History
    http://museums.nevadaculture.org/
    Here is the homepage for the Nevada Division of Museums and History.
  • Nevada Division of State Parks
    http://parks.nv.gov/
    Here is the homepage for Nevada State Parks.
  • Nevada Wide Open
    http://www.travelnevada.com/
    Here is the official state tourism website for Nevada.
  • Nevada Kids Page
    http://nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=632&Itemid=399
    Nevada facts and fun for kids from the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Nevada
    http://www.50states.com/nevada.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Nevada. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Nevada
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/NV/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Nevada's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Nevada Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/nv
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • Hoover Dam: a National Historic Landmark
    http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/
    The U. S. Department of the Interior provides this site offering Hoover Dam history, information about the Hoover Dam Visiting Center, and Hoover Dam education materials. This Hoover Dam Learning Packet can be downloaded as Adobe Acrobat .pdf files here.
  • Three Historic Nevada Cities: Carson City, Reno, and Virginia City
    http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/nevada/
    Enter this site to study early photos and learn more about the histories of Carson City, Reno, and Virginia City.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Nevada
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/32000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Nevada.
  • Nevada is the driest state in the nation with an average annual rainfall of only about 7 inches. The wettest part of state receives about 40 inches of precipitation per year, while the driest spot has less than four inches per year.
  • Nevada was made famous by the discovery of the fabulous Comstock Lode in 1859. Its mines have produced large quantities of gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, mercury, barite, and tungsten.
  • Nevada is the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States.
  • Hoover Dam, near Las Vegas, impounds the waters of Lake Mead, one of the world's largest artificial lakes.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Andre Agassi, professional tennis player, was born in Las Vegas in 1970.
  • Patricia Ryan Nixon, wife of former President Richard Nixon, was born in Ely, Nevada in 1912.
  • Lute Pease, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist
  • Jack Wilson, Paiute Indian prophet