Facts About Nevada
- A man built and planted an extremely complex bomb in a Nevada Casino, the FBI could not disarm it, and the controlled detonation blew up most of the Casino.
- Nevada is chock-full of hot springs: The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that many of the state’s more than 300 naturally-occurring springs can be found in the northern part of the state.
- Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state in the country. Its highest point sits at 13,145 feet.
- A total of 44 U.S. states have state lotteries. Only six states don’t have one. Nevada is one of those six. The other five include Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Mississippi, and Alabama.
- Some stereotypes are right on the money. Las Vegas is indeed the wedding capital of the world: the greater metropolitan area hosts more than 100,000 weddings per year, ABC News reports.
- The “Sisyphus Train” is a project currently underway in Nevada meant to recover surplus grid power that can’t be stored very easily. During the day, the excess power is used to drive the train up a hill. At night, the train rolls back down, generating it all back again.
- You cannot be arrested for public intoxication in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada state law expressly prohibits any county, city, or town from making public drunkenness an offense or crime.
- Nevada gets its name from the Spanish for “snow-covered” because of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
- Nevada is the driest state in the United States with only around 7 inches of rainfall per year on average.
- The bear ended up on display in Elko after a contest to locate the largest Arctic polar bear. King was also part of a famous Hunter Thompson story that was part of a Rolling Stone Magazine cover story in 1992.
- In 2013, the state of Nevada was sued for engaging in “Greyhound Therapy,” a practice where troublesome mental patients are given one-way tickets to out-of-state destinations in order to free up bed space.
- The area now known as Nevada was claimed by both Spain and Mexico before the United States took over at the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848.
- Nevada is home to Lake Tahoe, which is the largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest lake in the U.S.
- Tap water in the Lake Tahoe area is known for its good taste and purity. The clear tap water recently was named “Best Drinking Water in America.”
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