Nevada - Fast Facts & Trivia

Lake Tahoe on the Nevada-California border

  • Grammatically, the right name for the mountains is the Sierra Nevada not the sierras. Robert Conrad wrote almost one of his television series High Sierra Rangers, but changed it to High Mountain Rangers.

  • Wayne Newton owns a house in the Las Vegas area, and it was a real place for the Vegas Vacation movie.

  • The longest running show in Las Vegas is the Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. It was opened in 1959. The production numbers in "Showgirls" were written especially for the film Paul Verhoeven and filmed at the Horizon Hotel on Lake Tahoe. Most of the film used places in the Luxor and Forum in Caesars.

  • You see the name Hughes in numerous places and developments. Howard Hughes purchased considerable Nevada property before he died in 1976, including the following hotels and casinos: Castaways, Desert Inn, Border, Landmark, Sands, Silver Slipper and Harolds Club. Part of the Hughes legend was told in Jonathan Demme's "Melvin and Howard".

  • Misfits Flats on Highway 50 near Stagecoach gets its name from the John Huston movie. Huston used the private grounds to film a complicated wild horse with Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and Eli Wallach.

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

  • The state has about 50,000 miles of paved road, many of which feature in movies like Vanishing Point, Breakdown, Rainman, and Lethal Weapon 4.

  • Hoover Dam, the largest public construction project in United States history, contains 3.25 million cubic meters of concrete, enough to pave a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York. The Damm face was used in an amazing stunt for Roland Emerich's "Universal Soldier" and has been featured in such films as "Viva Las Vegas" and "Fools Rush In".

  • The Virginia City steam train is still in service and was shown in the Imax project "Mark Twains America". The "steam train" is a modern tourist train and does not connect with the original Virginia & Truckee RR, which had its last run to Virginia City in 1938.

  • Highway 50 of the state, known as the loneliest highway in America, got its name in 1986 from the "Life" magazine. There are few roadside stations on the 287-mile stretch between Ely and Fernley.

  • Frank Sinatra once owned Cal-Neva at Lake Tahoe's Crystal Bay. It is possible to be in the Cal Neva building in both Nevada and California.

  • Nevada's smallest incorporated city is Gabbs, about 140 miles southeast of Reno. Update: {Gabbs, which was Nevada's smallest city, was dissolved on May 8, 2001}

  • Nevada tribes include the Shoshone, Washo and Paiute. Tribal land has been used in film projects such as "Misery" and "The Greatest Story Ever Told".

  • The Las Vegas Strip is actually under the jurisdiction of Clark County and can be seen in almost every movie in the city.

  • Nevada is the only state with a whole museum dedicated to the life and time of entertainer Liberace.

  • Writer and commentator Lowell Thomas called Elko the last cowtown in America. Elko is home to the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

  • Area 51 is officially recognized as "The Extraterrestrial Highway" with State Route 375 in a ceremony with the director and cast of the film "Independence Day". The highway runs between Alamo and Tonopah. There is a small restaurant at the Little Ale 'Inn in Rachel.

  • The only Nevada lake with an exit to the sea is an artificial Lake Mead.

  • Camels were used until 1870 in Nevada as pack animals.

  • To travel from Los Angeles, California to Reno, Nevada, the direction is in the west.

  • Construction worker Hard Hat's was first invented in 1933 specifically for workers at Hoover Dam.

  • Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place in the world.

  • Las Vegas has the majority of the largest hotels in the world.

  • The longest Morse code telegram ever sent was the Constitution of Nevada. Sent in 1864 from Carson City to Washington D.C. The transfer must have taken several hours.

  • Virginia City is home to the Nevada Gambling Museum.

  • In 1899, Charles Fey invented a slot machine called the Liberty Bell. The device became the model for all subsequent slots.

  • The Reno Ice Pavilion is a 16,000 square foot ice rink that was once demolished and moved from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Reno.

  • Bugsy Siegel called his Las Vegas casino "The Flamingo" for the long legs of his showgirl, Virginia Hill.

  • The Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas Strip is the first airline check-in service outside the airport.

  • Bertha was a performing elephant who spent 37 years at John Ascuagas Nugget Casino in Sparks. She was 48 years old when she died.

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

  • While using the brand name "Mark Twain" as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise, Samuel Clemens began his literary career as a reporter in the Midwest, a few years before moving to Virginia City in 1862.

  • Pershing County in Cowboy Country is the only round courthouse in the United States. Update: {The Bucks County Courthouse in Pennsylvania, built in 1960, is considered round. Now there are two.}

  • In 1931, the Pair-O-Dice Club was the first casino opened on Highway 91, the future Las Vegas Strip.

  • In March 1931, Governor Fred Balzar signed the law legalizing gambling in the state.

  • The Hoover Dam, once the highest dam in the world, offers guided tours and a museum of the artifacts of the construction and its workers.

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

  • The construction of the Nevada State Capitol at Carson City was proposed on April 14, 1870. Carson City is one of the smallest capitals in the country. Update: {With the current growth, 14th may be the smallest.}

  • The ghost town rhyolite is still a tribute to early pioneers and their dreams. Remains of depot, glass house, bank and other buildings can be seen.

  • In Tonopah, the young Jack Dempsey was once the bartender and bouncer in the still popular Mispah Hotel and Casino. The famous lawman and popular hero Wyatt Earp once preserved peace in the city.

  • The first recorded white men in the area of ​​Elko were fur hunters who kept beaver in the area from 1828 onwards.

  • The first community college in Nevada was opened in 1967 in Elko. The Great Basin College was the precursor to a nationwide system associated with the University of Nevada.

  • The Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park was built around the fossilized remains of ancient, mysterious reptiles in a well-preserved turn-of-the-century Nevada mining camp.

  • The ichthyosaur is Nevada's official state fossil.

  • Austin's oldest church, St. Augustine, needs the bells of the building in the tower, which are rung by pulling a rope in the men's restroom.

  • Nevada takes its name from a Spanish word that means snowy.

  • Most of the state is desert, but the Sierra Nevada near Reno and the Ruby Mountains near Elko have half the year snow.

  • Locals use nicknames for Nevada as "The Sagebrush State", "The Silver State" and "The Battle Born State".

  • Nevada is the seventh largest state with 110,540 square miles, of which 85% is owned by the Confederation, including the secret Area 51 near the small town of Rachel.

  • Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state, with its highest point at 13,145 feet peak level near the west-central border

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