When people hear about Nevada, the first thing that they think about is the possible number of slot machines that are available there. Las Vegas, Nevada is popular all over the world and it is probably because of the wide array of casinos that are available there. Aside from that though, do you know enough facts about Nevada?
Fact 1: Even though it seems that casino has been around in Nevada for quite a long time, it has been less than a century since gambling has been approved in the state. It was only in 1931 when Governor Fred Balzar officially legalized gambling there. Imagine if gambling has not been legalized. Things would have been much different.
Fact 2: All the slot machines that are available in Nevada though have been based on one prototype model created by Charles Fey. It has been invented in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The name of the slot machine model is Liberty Bell. Based on that model, other slot machines have been made with just different variations depending on the maker.
Fact 3: Aside from gambling though, another source of income of people who are living in Nevada is mining. It is considered to be one of the biggest gold producing countries in the world. In the United States it is the number one leading gold producer. It is a bit ironic though that the state considerers silver to be their ‘œstate metal.’Hydro electric power is also considered to be another source of income in this place.
Fact 4: Do you know that life in Nevada used to be hard? Ancestors or people who lived there in the past had trouble making a living probably because all of the forces of nature are working against them. The arid temperature made it harder for them to work because it is very hot when the sun is out and very cold when it is not. It has been said that the first people who lived in Nevada came there more than 12,000 years ago.
Fact 5: It seems that a lot of people do not realize that the name Nevada in Spanish actually means snow capped. The area is full of mountains that are high and are sometimes capped with snow depending on the current season.
Fact 6: There is actually a place in Nevada called the ‘œDeath Valley.’ Although the name seems scary enough, there are always people who still go there in order to see the wonders that it holds. One of the amazing animals that can be seen there is the Kangaroo rat which is famous for its ability to not need liquid its whole life.
Fact 7: Author Mark Twain actually hails from Nevada although Mark Twain is only his pen name. His real name is Samuel Clemens. He started writing in Nevada although he started to lose inspiration so he moved elsewhere.
Fact 8: Nevada boasts that it has its own dinosaur fossil. It is the ichthyosaur.
Fact 9: Nevada is the seventh largest state in America although most of its land properties are being monitored by the government. It has been said that area 51 exists there although not a lot of people attempt to even visit the said area since it is said to be of ‘œextraterrestrial’ descent. The population here may be considered less than other states. Approximately two million people are known to live there. Most people live in the county though while less than a million live in the city.
Fact 10: There are ghost towns that can still be visited by tourists although a lot of people do not dare because they are afraid of what they might experience. If you are up for a bit of adventure though, you can always choose to visit Rhyolite. It is one of the most intact ghost towns that are still available and you can see how the early settlers lived based on the items that have been left behind.