NEVADA

Nevada is bordered by Utah to the east, Arizona to the south east, California to the west, and Oregon and Idaho to the north. The Trappers and Traders, including Jedediah Smith and Peter Skene Ogden were the first to enter Nevada in the 1820s. Great Basin and Sierra Nevada was explored in 1843-1845 by John C. Fremont and Kit Carson. United States obtained Nevada land in 1848 after the Mexican War, and the first settlement was a Mormon trading centre near the present Genoa.

Nevada is the driest state in the country, with an annual rainfall of about 7 inches in average. Most part of Nevada is uninhabited with sagebrush covered desert. The driest part of the state receives about 4 inches of precipitation in a year, while the wettest spot has around 40 inches per year. Nevada land area is 110,540 square miles (286,299 square kilometers) with population of about 2,700,551 in the year 2000, having an increase of 35.1% since the 2000 census. The capital of Nevada is Carson City and its largest city is Las Vegas. Nevada was admitted into statehood on October 31, 1864 as the 36th state, nicknamed as ‘The silver state’.

The state is known to have created two industries in divorce and gambling. For years, Reno and Las Vegas are regarded as the country’s divorce capital and also the gambling capital in the United States hence, a major entertainment center in the country. By 2009, 12.5% of the state revenue came from the gambling industry, which brought about $830 million. Nevada is also known for rearing cattle and calves which is a leading agricultural industry in the state. Crops produced in the state include hay which is a major crop, barley, alfalfa seeds, wheat and potatoes.

Landmarks in Nevada includes Bellagio Hotel and Casino, this building was built on the demolished dunes hotel and casino site and owned by MGM Mirage; Great Basin National Park, the park name was derived from the Great Basin and located in white pine county; Hoover Dam, located between Arizona and Nevada and made up of concrete gravity; Las Vegas Eiffel tower, a 540 feet tall building, consisting of a restaurant, observation deck and glass elevators; Las Vegas Strip, having casinos and resort hotels. Out of the 25 largest hotels in the world by room count, there are 15 hotels on the strip with a total of 62,000 rooms; National Testing Museum, houses the history of nuclear testing in the state testing site; Nevada State Capitol; Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas; Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino which was opened in 1963 but was later called King’s crown in 1964; Venetian Resort Hotel Casino located in Clark county in Las Vegas.

Living in Nevada can be fun as there are so much about the state, from snow to desert, ghost to aliens, and so much more. In Nevada, the desert is always fun. If you are a lover of beer, then you should be in Nevada as there are 21 breweries across the state. Also Las Vegas is the home of gambling and around the clock entertainment. Nevada landscape is unique which makes the state nice.

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