Monday’s Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert at The Smith Center included both a Mark Twain and Elvis Presley impersonator. The real Wayne Newton and those Cirque du Soleil courtesans in the red frocks and powder wigs who are as synonymous with the new Las Vegas as Newton was to the ’70s.
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For true boxing fans, the site of the Sept. 3, 1906, lightweight championship fight between Joe Gans and Oscar “Battling” Nelson ought to be sacred ground.
Nevada’s first prizefight required an act of the Legislature, but it remains a notable day in Nevada history.
From Jack Johnson to Muhammad Ali, from Mike Tyson to Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing had been a vibrant part of Nevada’s sporting fabric spanning three centuries.
Battle Born. The slogan grew from Nevada’s entry into the Union during the Civil War, but in the 150 years since, the Silver State has shouldered more than its share of the nation’s military burden.
Great Basin National Park won out in a contest Wednesday to become the fourth and final medallion issued by Nevada in honor of its 150th birthday on Oct. 31.
Why simply watch from the sidewalk when you can play an active role in Nevada’s 150th birthday celebration? The City of Las Vegas is accepting applications for entries in a special Nevada Day parade to be held downtown on the state’s big day, Oct. 31.
For every casino resort idea that became reality and turned Las Vegas into a worldwide destination, there’s one that faltered before it became a reality.
Of all the ways there are to celebrate Nevada’s history in the run-up to state’s 150th birthday, few feel more like a time machine than a ride along the Comstock on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
A century-and-a-half’s worth of saints, sinners, winners, losers and just normal folk trying to make it through the day, inhabiting an area of 111,000 square miles, give or take, and doing what they do or did against a social, political and historical backdrop that’s as colorful as any state in the union’s and even, we daresay, many small countries.
What really distinguishes Andre Agassi and what makes him one of the most prominent figures in Nevada sports history has absolutely nothing to do with tennis.
Area 51 has been in Nevada for years, and the speculation of what might be there has turned it into a notable tourism spot.
The story of Nevada poet laureate Mildred Breedlove’s epic ode honoring the state on its centennial in 1964 is a Silver State literary mystery.
They were two of Boulder City’s most well-known residents, but there isn’t much left at Henry and Ocie Bradley’s historic address atop a hill near Avenue I.
“We never really had a traditional cuisine,” said Carlos Buscaglia, chef partner of Due Forni, who’s been cooking in Las Vegas for more than 20 years.
On a warm thunderstorm-filled day Wednesday, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno previewed “The 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State,” an exhibit celebrating 150 years of statehood for the Battle Born state.
Casino ownership in Las Vegas has attracted its share of characters, from the mob-backed era of the 1960s and 1970s to reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes to the publicly traded corporate titans of today. Then there was Bob Stupak.
It’s Nevada, which, thanks to its demographic, geographic and cultural diversity, serves as the setting for stories in just about every genre of literature — even if its roster of homegrown authors with widespread literary acclaim is, frankly, a bit shorter than it ought to be.
Nevadans will celebrate 150 years of statehood on Oct. 31, but residents of a small town near the state’s eastern border are getting two sesquicentennials in one year.
On lonely highways from Pahrump to the state capital, you can still find signs of a rare and controversial business as old as the mining camps that helped put Nevada on the map. Just follow the trademark spinning red lights.
Nevada is the nation’s biggest gold producer, the bullion behemoth behind 75 percent of all U.S. gold output. In fact, if the state were its own country, Nevada would rank in the world’s top five for gold production.
A pattern exists when profiles are written about Oscar Goodman, whether it’s The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker or the Review-Journal. First, nary a profile is written without a reference to “mob lawyer turned mayor.”
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