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Fun Nevada Facts

Posted by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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 Nevada Facts

During the Cold War, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission chose a Nevada site to test nuclear weapons.
 

  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park near Gabbs has fossils of ancient fishlike reptiles.
     

  • Virginia City, founded when the Comstock Lode was discovered, was home to 20,000 people at its peak in the 1870s but now has only about 800.
     

  • John Charles Frémont led the first thorough exploration of the Great Basin, which includes most of Nevada, in 1843 and 1844.
     

  • 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.
     

  • In 1899 Charles Fey invented a slot machine named the Liberty Bell. The device became the model for all slots to follow.
     

  • There were 16,067 slots in Nevada in 1960. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for every 10 residents.
     

  • Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
     

  • Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.

  • by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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    by Dixie on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    That's a lot of neat facts about Vegas. When my husband gets home I'll show him. He loves to find out facts and let other people know about them. I was pretty sure, that we had the most hotel rooms in the world.

    Dodie702
    by Doriane on Apr. 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM
    Neat facts! Thanks for sharing. :-)
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