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.
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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.”
A host of dignitaries, U.S. Navy veterans and others turned out at the state Capitol in Carson City on Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the launching of the famed battleship U.S.S. Nevada.
As Nevada celebrates its 150th year of statehood, one of her storied namesakes — the battleship USS Nevada — is marking an anniversary as well.
The Virgin Valley Black Fire Opal is No. 1 in Nevada’s state gemstone pecking order. The opal is the Silver State’s official “precious” gemstone.
You know those crazy Nevadans — any excuse for a party. It’s that way in 2014 as the Silver State celebrates its 150 anniversary with a calendar full of pomp and commemoration.
It took more than 60 years to win designation, but it’s not hard to see why Great Basin finally became Nevada’s first — and so far only — National Park in 1986. The 77,000-acre reserve is home to the state’s oldest trees, its most famous and ornate cave, its only glacier and its second tallest peak.
Long before the Mob trolled the Strip, a small corner of Nevada had its own underground economy.
Given the romance that Americans have enjoyed with the Pony Express era, you would be forgiven for thinking those courageous riders were in the saddle for decades instead of just 18 months from April 1860 to October 1861.
On a stroll down Spring Mountain Road, there are many ways to immerse yourself in the Asian cultures it represents. The area is known as Chinatown, but it’s home to Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese eateries, shops and cultural amenities.
You may know it as the Silver State. You may even consider it “Battle Born.” But neither of those well-worn phrases — not even the one printed on the state flag — is Nevada’s official motto.
It’s not just Nevada’s 150th birthday in 2014. The Fallini family also got its start in the Silver State in 1864, when Italian immigrant Giovanni Fallini settled in Nye County.
On a sunny, windy afternoon at the steps of the state Capitol, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki handed six letters to riders of the National Pony Express Association to honor the historic route completed more than 150 years ago.
Although surrounded by 700-foot dry, rocky cliffs, Kershaw-Ryan State Park is nestled in its own lush side canyon fed by a spring. Plum and crab apple trees shadow the grassy slope and its many flowers spanning the distance between vine-covered cliffs.
The humble Humboldt River may not be much to look at, but it has traced a colorful narrative arc through Nevada’s history.
Every August in the oppressive heat, tens of thousands of people from all over the world head to a playa in the middle of the Nevada desert.
The correct pronunciation is “Nuh-VAD-uh.” It’s a Spanish word with an American accent meaning “snowcapped,” named after the Sierra Nevada.
Few legends in Nevada history approach the amazing feats of strength and endurance of the great Sierra mailman, John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson.
The words “Nellis Air Force Base” and “Las Vegas” are synonymous in aviation circles.
In preparation for Nevada’s sesquicentennial on Oct. 31 this year, Nevada has new commemorative coins and Gov. Brian Sandoval minted the first medallion in the third of a series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the silver state.
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