Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Interesting Facts About Nevada

Eighty-seven percent of Nevada land is managed by the federal government.

Area 51, a top secret area of Nellis Air Force Range and Nuclear Test Site, is rumored to have housed the development of the first Stealth bomber and alien and UFO research facilities.

Nevada is the seventh largest state in size.

The nation’s largest silver deposit, the Comstock Lode, was found in Nevada in 1859.

Nevada is the driest state in the nation with an average annual rainfall of seven inches.

Nevada has the only complete skeleton of an Ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile measuring 55 feet.

Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the U.S. and third in the world behind South Africa and Australia.

Gambling was reinstated in the State in 1931.

Hoover Dam is the largest public works project ever undertaken in the U.S. and has a greater structural volume than the largest Egyptian pyramid.

Virginia City, founded when the Comstock Lode was discovered, was home to 20,000 people at its peak in 1870. Now only about 800 people live in this modern ghost town.

Nevada is the gambling and entertainment capital of the U.S.

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

Nevada means “snowcapped” in Spanish.

On average, 150 couples are married each day in Las Vegas.

In 1899, Charles Fey invented a slot machine called the Liberty Bell, which became the model for all slots.

Nevada has over 200,000 slot machines, one for every 10 residents.

In Death Valley, the kangaroo rat can live its entire life without drinking a drop of liquid.

Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state.

Nevada’s Humboldt River has no outlet to the ocean; the river sinks into the ground, feeding a massive underground aquifer.

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