Sitting near the south western border of the United States, just to the right of California, Nevada is well-known thanks to its capital Carson City, and tourist super-giant Las Vegas. Despite the high populations of those particular towns, the state is one of the least populated in the entire Union. Even so, it has been a burgeoning part of the country-wide economy, earning it the nickname “The Silver State.” Nevada was the 36th official state, incorporated on Halloween of 1864.
NV derives its name from the Sierra Nevada mountain rage. In Spanish, the term refers to snow covered peaks, flying directly in the face of the area’s status as one of the driest and warmest in the entire country. The date above of statehood took place in the midst of the US Civil War, earning yet another nickname: “The Battle Born State.”
In another name related tangent, the Silver State moniker almost feels off base given the high amount of gold that’s been found on Nevadan soil. The state has been one of the most consistent sources for gold in the entire world. And as a strange twist of fate would have it, the neighboring state of California is also nicknamed in somewhat opposite fashion. Despite being the “Golden State,” CA produces hardly any gold at all.
The hustle and bustle of its major cities combined with the relatively low-key surrounding areas make NV attractive to a broad range of new citizens. Many people retire there thanks to the warm weather and dry air, both of which can help health issues such as arthritis and asthma quite effectively. Even so, more people tend to visit and return home rather than sticking around.
The state was originally going to be much smaller. However, territory from Utah was added after some religious fervor in 1866. Land originally belonging to Arizona was also incorporated into the Nevada border thanks to the former’s alleged ties to the Confederate army in the Civil War.
This wide array of land, much of which is still relatively empty, has interestingly lead the way to the state becoming one of the most common testing grounds for nuclear donations and other heavy duty weapons. In a 40 year span leading up to the early 1990s, nearly 1,000 different tests of this nature went underway. While that era feels far behind us, the state remains a fine choice for future testing if it’s ever deemed necessary.