It seemed out of place to refer to gaming industry pioneer Frank Fertitta Jr. by his first name.
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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.
A painting featuring Nevada dignitaries enacting a pivotal moment in state history is being publicly unveiled next month as part of the Silver State’s sesquicentennial celebration to raise money for preservation projects on the historic Comstock.
According to “The Basques in Nevada,” a project by students at the University of Nevada, Reno, early Basques were explorers who reportedly accompanied Christopher Columbus on his famous 1492 voyage.
Back when the smoke from its busy ore smelters covered half the Diamond Mountains with a prosperous shroud, Eureka was known as “the Pittsburgh of the West.” That was a high compliment in the 1800s.
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.
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.
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