History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Nevada
Nevada’s history had a wild boom-bust ride beginning with Comstock Lode which built Virginia City just as
'The Silver State' nickname implies and continuing on to legalized gambling which created Las Vegas. The thought of finding a big strike made Nevada one of the nation’s
fastest growing states, however the recent economic downturn has also left the unemployment rate much higher than the U.S. national average. Although today's Nevada has
many things to offer: from Fire Valley to Lake Tahoe to from Vegas to Reno and from gambling to agriculture residents of the Silver State still love the excitement and
don’t back away from any challenges.
Trappers and traders, including Jedediah Smith and Peter Skene Ogden, entered the Nevada area in the 1820s. In 1843–1845, John C. Frémont and Kit Carson explored the
Great Basin and Sierra Nevada. The U.S. obtained the region in 1848 following the Mexican War, and the first permanent settlement was a Mormon trading post near
The driest state in the nation, with an average annual rainfall of only about 7 in., much of Nevada is uninhabited, sagebrush-covered desert. The wettest part of the
state receives about 40 in. of precipitation per year, while the driest spot has less than 4 in. per year.Nevada was made famous by the discovery of the Comstock Lode,
the richest known U.S. silver deposit, in 1859, and its mines have produced large quantities of gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, mercury, barite, and tungsten. Oil was
discovered in 1954. Gold now far exceeds all other minerals in value of production.
In 1931, the state created two industries, divorce and gambling. For many years, Reno and Las Vegas were the “divorce capitals of the nation.” More liberal divorce laws
in many states have ended this distinction, but Nevada is still the gambling capital of the U.S. and a leading entertainment center. State gambling taxes account for
34.1% of general fund tax revenues. Although Nevada leads the nation in per capita gambling revenue, it ranks only tenth in total gambling revenue.
There are sixteen counties and one independent city in Nevada. On November 25, 1861, the first Nevada Territorial Legislature established nine counties. Nevada was admitted to
the Union on October 31, 1864 with eleven counties. In 1969, Ormsby County and Carson City were consolidated into a single municipal government known as Carson City
Click on a county to go to the official county website
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) (formerly the University and Community College System of Nevada, or "UCCSN") was founded in 1968 to oversee all state-sponsored
colleges in the State of Nevada. The name was changed in 2005. Two doctorate research universities, a state university, four community colleges and a research institute form
the system. About 105,000 students attend the colleges. The Nevada University Board of Regents has decided to drop the Community name as of July 1, 2007 from both the
Community College of Southern Nevada and the Western Nevada Community College
Nevada is not well known for its professional sports teams, mainly because major league sports in the past feared having direct involvement with the sports gambling industry.
However, this situation lessened after they embraced daily fantasy sports (DFS) in 2014. The Las Vegas Valley is home to the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey
League who began play in the 2017-18 NHL season at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The Golden Knights are the only major North American
professional sports franchise in Nevada.
There are 54 airports in Nevada that the public can use. People come to the "Silver State" from all over the globe and the airports in Nevada are well equipped
to meet the growing demands of tourism in the state. The airports in Nevada are well connected to the other states in USA.
The international airports in Nevada are the
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and the Reno/ Tahoe International Airport in Reno.
The McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is a busy airport with almost 45 million travelers using the airport annually. The airport has many amenities to ensure a
smooth travel for its customers. The airport has many restaurants, pay phones, assistance for the disabled including free wheel chair service provided by the airport,
banking facilities and many news and gift shops. The airport has good parking facilities too.
Some of the airlines that serve at this airport are Air Canada, Air Tran,
AA, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue Airways, Miami Air, Philippine Airlines, United Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Sky Service Airlines, Omni Air International, Northwest Airlines,
Allegiant Air, Air Transat, Aero Mexico, ATA and Southwest airlines.
One can book the tickets to these airlines online. Some of these airlines also offer special fares
and discounts for booking tickets online.
The North Las Vegas Airport is a regional airport that is the second busiest of all the airports in Nevada. The airport is well
built with meeting rooms, business conference areas, restaurants, disabled friendly services and many shopping and dining areas. the North Las Vegas Airport is used a lot
for general aviation purposes.
The important airports in Nevada are at Winnemucca, Lovelock, Reno, Carson City, Fallon, Hawthorne, Austin, Eureka, Elko, Wells, Battle
Mntn, Tonopah, Lathrop Wells and Las Vegas.