Las Vegas was once regarded as an “open city” for more than two dozen Mafia families across the country. Many had representatives in Las Vegas for decades, with Chicago being the most dominant.
Nevada’s official flower is a lot like many of the people who call the Silver State home: tough, understated and built to survive in a place where other things just won’t grow.
It was no match from the start. Twelve American Indians, equipped with bows and arrows and a few old guns, were destined to lose to a well-armed, reward-hungry posse of 19 led by Nevada State Police Capt. J.P. Donnelly.
Now there are two. Gov. Brian Sandoval pushed buttons on an 1869-vintage coin press Wednesday that applied 120 tons of pressure to a 1-ounce silver blank and created the first of the second design of Nevada sesquicentennial medallions.
Nevada has had four flags. The state’s first flag design was adopted by the Legislature in 1905, more than 40 years after Nevada entered the Union.
Some locals still occasionally call it Eagle Valley, and others may remember it as Ormsby County, but by any name, Nevada’s state capital has a reputation as a great place to live or visit.