Nevada- the seventh largest state in the United States is, Nevada. It became the 36th state in order to boost Abraham Lincoln’s chance at reelection in 1864. When Lincoln was up for reelection, new states and their electoral vote were needed. He was facing a three way race against General John C. Fremont and General George B. McClellan, both of whom Lincoln had relieved of command. Lincoln’s reconstruction policies for the south included the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery, and he needed Nevada to be a state to help the passage of this legislation.
The average rainfall in Nevada is about 7 inches, making it the driest state in the nation. To allow it access to the Colorado River, Congress awarded land from Arizona borders to Nevada. This is where the Hoover Dam Project was created. Nevada became the home to the Hoover Dam which is the largest public works job in the United States history and formed Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States.
During the Triassic Period, 225 million years ago, the ocean covered central Nevada. At the Berlin-Icthyosaur State Park there are fossils of the extinct marine reptiles that once swam in those waters. Their sizes range from 2 feet to over 50 feet long.
With the discovery of silver in 1859, known as the Comstock Lode, Nevada became famous. This is the richest silver deposit in the United States. Nevada mines have produced gold, which exceeds all other minerals, but silver, copper, lead, zinc, mercury and barite have also been mined in Nevada in large quantities. Nevada is the 4th largest miner of gold in the world and supplies the United States with three quarters of gold mined in the U.S.
Two industries were created in Nevada in the year 1931; divorce and gambling. The reason for the divorce industry taking off so well in Nevada was it was much more flexible with their laws than other states. Other states have since relaxed their laws, so it is not as big as it once was, but the gambling continues to make Nevada one of the top entertainment states.
Considered to be the gambling capital of the nation, Nevada gets 12.5% of its revenue from gambling. There is no lottery in the state of Nevada which might be the reason for its 12th place ranking for total gambling proceeds. In the 1950’s, gaming grew very fast making it Nevada’s top reason for tourism. Organized crime penetrated the casino industry and it was learned the money from casinos was being used to finance drugs and other rackets. New state laws were implemented and along with the federal laws a crackdown was imposed on casino owners. By the 1990’s Nevada once again achieved its reputation for legal gambling.
An interesting fact regarding Nevada’s history on gambling is it was banned in October of 1910. It was a ban that was a lot like the national prohibition on alcohol and was handled in much the same way. People ignored the law and moved the tables, machines, and wheels to more discreet and hidden locations. During the Great Depression, March 1931, the state re-legalized gambling.
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