The significance of America’s Civil War will not be lost on the young generation, thanks in large part to participants of this year’s re-enactment at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park who strive to pass down the history of that tumultuous period.
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High school bands from across the valley, a larger-than-life Elvis balloon and a silver Ford Mustang carrying UNLV President Don Snyder paraded through downtown Las Vegas on Friday to celebrate Nevada Day and the state’s 150th birthday.
Gov. Brian Sandoval joined a cafeteria full of students at a Reno elementary school on Thursday to sing Nevada’s state song as part of a statewide effort to set a world sing-along record.
It’s called the “Battle Born” state, but the Civil War was all but over by the time Nevada won its star 150 years ago. But there was plenty more fighting ahead for residents of the 36th state.
For the Silver State’s 150th birthday, the Review-Journal asked an eclectic mix of prominent residents to tell us in 100 words or less: What’s so great about Nevada?
It begins this Thursday with a song.
Two parades, one historical, one possibly hysterical, are coming to downtown Las Vegas on Friday and will alter traditional traffic patterns.
Historically an agricultural region where alfalfa and dairy cattle are still king, Churchill County is also home to the Fallon Naval Air Station, where pilots practice their skills in high-tech aircraft over the open spaces near the county seat.
From prostitutes to mobsters, firing squads to lethal gas, the eclectic crimes committed and punishments handed out have evolved with the Silver State and kept law enforcement officers and crime reporters alike in business since 1864.
It seemed out of place to refer to gaming industry pioneer Frank Fertitta Jr. by his first name.
If beauty played a role in deciding Nevada’s highest point, Wheeler Peak, crown jewel of Great Basin National Park at the eastern edge of the state, would be the winner hands down.
Elko County — the fourth-largest in area in the lower 48 states — has left an out-sized imprint on American commerce and culture.
Lander County is home to bustling mines, wide-open spaces, ghost towns and even a castle. Then there’s that whole “Armpit of America” thing.
The day after he lost an election to become mayor of Las Vegas in 1975, Harry Reid looked in the mirror and saw a 35-year-old has-been.
One hundred years ago, Nevada women won the right to vote, six years before the 19th Amendment guaranteed that right for all American women.
Delamar was deadly. Named after the town’s chief gold mine owner, the late-1800s mining community became better known in Lincoln County as “the widow maker.”
By 1978, TV series had called Nevada home. Actor Rod Cameron patrolled the far reaches of the Silver State from 1956-59 on “State Trooper.” And the Cartwrights worked the Ponderosa ranch near Virginia City from 1959-73 on NBC’s “Bonanza,” which remains among the 10 longest-running scripted series in American history.
Nevada has played host to hundreds of movies, playing everything from a prehistoric battleground in 1942’s “One Million Years B.C.” to the 24th-century planet Veridian Three in 1994’s “Star Trek: Generations.”
In late July, country music fans gather at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Yerington, set up camp, mingle at the Full Moon Saloon, buy food from local vendors and then settle under the stars for two nights of music.
Constructed some 33 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Boulder City was born with a singular purpose: as the base camp for those who would build Hoover Dam.
The most important structure ever built in Nevada is barely in Nevada at all. As large as it is, the entirety of Hoover Dam — the power plant, spillways, support structures and the dam itself — covers less than one square mile, and roughly half of that is in Arizona.
It’s ironic so many American success stories happened at a spot named for one of history’s iconic failures. But that’s how it is with the Donner Pass near Truckee, Calif.
It’s no insult to say Mineral County got off to a rocky start. Long before the county even existed, its wealth of minerals had already put it on the map — though that map was not always terribly accurate.
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