Welcome to Nevada
Are you ready to learn some amazing things about your home state?
Out of the 50 states in the U.S.A.,
Nevada is the 7th largest state,
and is also known as the Silver State because of the importance of silver to our history and economy.
State Motto: Battle Born
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Explore the history of Nevada
Sandstone is the State Rock of Nevada. Much of what is now Nevada was an early Mesozoic ocean. Sandstone, and its rainbow-like appearance, is what remains 190 million years later.
These prehistoric elephants roamed what was then a marshy western Nevada some 3 million to 3.5 million years ago.
The icthyosaur is Nevada’s State Fossil. They swam in an ocean that covered central Nevada 225 million years ago and could be 50 feet long.
Long ago, humans would carve drawings onto rocks. Sometimes, these rocks can show how life was like thousands of years ago.
Thousands of years ago, American Indians would craft this duck to use as a decoy in their hunting sessions.
Nevada, even until today, leads the U.S. in gold production, with silver a close second. The state also produces opal, turquoise, and other gems.
Hailing from the sheepherding border region of France and Spain, Basque immigrants first came to Nevada in the mid-1800s during the Gold Rush.
Dozens of horseback riders carried mail on this 1,800 mile trail between Sacramento, California and St. Louis, Missouri, and ran straight across what is now Nevada’s Highway 50.
In the 1850s, the largest discovery of silver, known as Comstock Lode, started Nevada’s mining boom.
Area 51 does exist! This facility, patrolled and guarded by the U.S. Air Force, has some of the heaviest security on Earth, or anywhere else!
One of the 7 Wonders of the Industrial World! Hoover Dam sits on the Nevada/Arizona border where it impounds Lake Mead. It provides power to Arizona, California, and Nevada.