Nevada Timeline History

Carson City Mint in Carson City. Carson City is an independent city and the capital of Nevada.

arrow Nevada Timeline History

arrow 1200's: Mojave Indians inhabited the land, planted crops along river banks

arrow 1519: Area claimed by Spain

arrow 1609: Town of Santa Fe established as Spanish-Indian trade center

arrow 1776: Spanish missionaries entered southern Nevada

arrow 1821: Mexico took control of the Nevada area

arrow 1826: Peter Skene Ogden explored the Snake River; Jedediah Smith led expedition to Muddy River

arrow 1828: Ogden discovered Humboldt River

arrow 1830: Santa Fe merchant, Antonio Armijo, led first pack train from Santa Fe to Los Angeles

arrow 1833: Joseph Walker led expedition along Humboldt River

arrow 1841: Earliest immigrants, the Bartleson-Bidwell party, passed through Nevada

arrow 1842: Capt. John Fremont and party were first white men to view Lake Tahoe

arrow 1843: Joseph Walker led first group of wagons across the Sierra

arrow 1846: Donner party became trapped in the Sierras. 47 out of 87 perished.

arrow 1848: The United States gained control of Nevada after the Mexican-American War ended

arrow 1849: Over 60,000 settlers in covered wagons 49ers: passed through Nevada on their way west

arrow 1851: Gold was discovered near Dalton

arrow 1859: Silver discovery brought thousands into the state; Virginia City developed almost overnight

arrow 1860: The Nevada Territory was created

arrow 1864: Nevada became 36th state

arrow 1869: Gambling was legalized; an earthquake shook Reno; transcontinental railroad crossed Nevada for the first time

arrow 1870: U S Mint established in Carson City; first train robbery in the Western U S occurred

arrow 1875: Virginia City was consumed by the great fire

arrow 1888-90: Nearly 100 inches of snow fell in northern Nevada - the "White Winter"

arrow 1890: Elizabeth Potts first woman to be executed in Nevada

arrow 1894: The Great Meteor fell

arrow 1902: Wyatt Earp arrived in Tonopah

arrow 1910: Gambling was abolished

arrow 1912: The last Indian uprising occurred; Shoshone Mike and family members were killed

arrow 1914: Women won right to vote

arrow 1916: Last stage robbery in the country took place at Jarbidge Canyon

arrow 1918: State prohibition law went into effect

arrow 1931: State legalized six-week divorce law and gambling

arrow 1935: Hoover Dam completed; dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt

arrow 1941: Las Vegas strip was estabished

arrow 1946: Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel

arrow 1951: The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission began testing in the newly established Nevada Proving Grounds

arrow 1954: Ronald Reagan performed at the Last Frontier

arrow 1955: Riviera Hotel became first high-rise

arrow 1956: Nellis Air Force Base became home of Thunderbirds - Air Force aerobatic team

arrow 1959: Wayne Newton opened at the Fremont Hotel in Las Vegas

arrow 1966: Howard Hughes moved to Las Vegas; Circus Circus Casino opened

arrow 1969: MGM Grand opened

arrow 1986: Great Basin National Park became the first national park in Nevada

arrow 1990: U.S. census population figures showed Nevada was fasting growing state

arrow 1997: First supersonic land speed record set in Black Rock Desert; Mandalay Bay and Venetian opened in Las Vegas

arrow 1998: The Bellagio opened

arrow 2002: Fight between Hell's Angels and Mongols in Laughlin Casino resulted in three dead and 13 wounded a; B-29 Super fortress bomber discovered in Lake Mead

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