Nevada is inspirational. Nevada was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on October 31, 1864. Nevada has a nickname, Battle Born State, because it is one of two states admitted to the Union during the Civil War. The official nickname of Nevada is Silver State. Silver State refers to the importance of silver to the state’s history and economy. Gold and silver and other minerals are still being mined and are a major economic factor for the state. Tourism is Nevada’s largest economic sector followed by mining and cattle ranching.
Industrial outputs also include machinery, printing and publishing, food processing, and electrical equipment. In addition to cattle ranching and the raising of sheep, agricultural outputs of significance include hay, alfalfa, dairy products, onions, and potatoes. The economy is tied to entertainment and gambling. Tourists visit casinos, prize fights, and resorts. The state is known for gaming, prostitution, and easy marriage and divorce. Prostitution is not legal everywhere in the state, however licensed brothels do operate. Alcohol laws are liberal. Alcohol can be sold in bars and stores 24 hours a day.
Native American tribes inhabited the area before European contact. Nevada was part of the Spanish Empire after it was first explored by Francisco Garces. It next became part of Alta California province and became a territory of Mexico. Mormons laid claim to the area in 1847. In 1848 Mexico lost the area after the Mexican-American War. The state became part of Utah Territory then Nevada Territory before becoming a state. Nevada expanded it borders after becoming a state.
Nevada is divided into counties. Incorporated towns are cities. The government is divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. The Governor is the chief magistrate. The governor leads the executive branch and is the commander-in-chief of the state’s military forces. Like other states, the governor serves four-year terms.
Oregon and Idaho border Nevada to the north. Utah and Arizona are to the east. California is to the south and west. Nevada is considered to be part of the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States. Most of the state is in the Great Basin. South of the Great Basin is Mojave Desert area. Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada are in the west. Nevada is largely desert and semiarid. Civilian and military parts of the U.S. federal government manage 86% of the state’s land.
Nevada is a dry state. In the north, winters are long and fairly cold. In the south, winters are short and mild. Daytime summer temperatures are high. The highest recorded temperature is 125 degrees F. The invention of air conditioning spurred population growth. The Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA is the largest metropolitan area today.
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