Nevada was once a booming state. In 1931 the Pair-O-Dice Club was the first casino to open on Highway 91, the future Las Vegas Strip. In that same year, Governor Fred Balzar signed into law, a bill legalizing gambling. Since then the number of casinos have busted at the seams throughout the state. The state remains at the top of the gambling empire. There were 16,067 slots in Nevada in 1960. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for every 10 residents.
The gambling is almost dwarfed at times by the entertainment coming out of the state. The longest run show in Las Vegas is the Follies Bergere that opened in 1959 at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. Frank Sinatra, at one time, owned the Cal-Neva at Lake Tahoe’s Crystal Bay. It is possible to stand in both Nevada and California inside Cal-Neva’s building. There are also many tidbits that can be found on the state. It holds the record for the longest telegraph in history. It was a record it got with its transmission of the state constitution to Washington D.C. in 1864.
There are many more facts to stumble on about Nevada. Here are a few you may not have known.
- Hoover Dam, the largest single public works project in the history of the United States, contains 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete, which is enough to pave a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York.
- The Reno Ice Pavilion is a 16,000-square-foot rink once dismantled and moved to Reno from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
- The ghost town of Rhyolite still pays homage to early pioneers and their dreams. Remains of the depot, glass house, bank and other buildings are on display.
- Most of the state is desert but the Sierra Nevada mountain range near Reno and the Ruby Mountains near Elko has snow for half the year.
- The Virginia City steam train still operates. The “steam train” is a modern-day tourist train and does not link to the original Virginia & Truckee Railroad which had its last run to Virginia City in 1938.
If it is an appealing state to visit, it would be a great place to live.