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.
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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.
The Nevada “forever” stamp, which depicts an area of Fire Canyon in Valley of Fire State Park, was unveiled at a press conference Thursday at The Smith Center. The stamp commemorates the Nevada’s 150th anniversary this year.
The Desert bighorn, Nevada’s state animal since 1973, has long traveled alongside Nevada’s people and symbolizes the rugged, harsh living conditions of mammals in the desert.
The Mighty Mississippi might have inspired the pen name Mark Twain, but Nevada gave it voice.
I admit spending more than $250 for breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel that included a caviar and sour cream omelet, or $1,600 split four ways for a steak dinner in Washington, D.C. But in Las Vegas, another expensive restaurant town, my taste for scotch and good food has left me with some pretty hefty credit card bills.
Editor’s Note: Nevada 150 is a yearlong series highlighting the people, places and things that make up the history of the state.