Nevada is a mystery state to many outsiders. This is the place where people come to escape the world and experience a nightlife that they can only imagine. It is a wonder of a city, an oasis sprung from the desert and built on resilience—as well as a bit of fun.
From the constant tug-of-war between what is “right” and what is “wrong,” prohibition and gambling, to the inspiring tales of men made rich by the overabundance of gold that comes from the state; Nevada is quite an interesting place.
You have probably heard the catchy slogan, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”—but, what actually does happen in Las Vegas, the surrounding areas and the state as a whole? Read more from Railroad Pass to learn things that you might not have known about Nevada, including information on the nation’s longest running casino
1. The Country’s Driest State has One of the Largest Dams
During an entire year, Nevada is lucky to see ten inches of rain. In fact, a normal year sees rainfall below ten inches. This makes the state the driest in the country. However, the lack of rainfall does not prevent one of North America’s mightiest rivers from flowing through the desert. In 1931, the construction of the Hoover Dam commenced with the goal of taming the Colorado river. Located on the border between the states of Arizona and Nevada, this dam was the largest in the world when it was finally completed in the year 1935. It also boasted being the world’s largest source of hydroelectric power until 1948.
2. Nevada Is the Real Golden State
There is more gold coming out of the state of Nevada than California. In fact, most of the gold in the country comes from Nevada.
3. The Government Owns Most of Nevada
An overwhelming 86 percent of the land in Nevada is owned by the federal government. Nuclear testing was performed on testing sites that were only 65 miles away from Las Vegas.
4. The Nation’s Longest Running Casino
The nation’s longest running casino calls Nevada home. The Railroad pass has proudly served locals and travelers from the nearby cities of Las Vegas and Boulder City for generations. Today, this casino has an excellent restaurant, museum, banquet hall and relaxed atmosphere for anyone who walks through the doors.
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