Death Valley, the Kangaroo Rat can live its entire life without drinking a
drop of liquid.
It is illegal to drive a camel on the
The Imperial Palace on the
strip was the nation's first off-airport airline baggage check-in service.
To drive from
the direction traveled is to the west.
Construction worker Hard Hat's
were first invented specifically for workers on the Hoover Dam in 1933.
has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.
sex without a condom is considered illegal.
Bertha was a performing elephant that entertained for 37 years at
John Ascuaga's Nugget casino located in Sparks. She was 48 years old
when she died.
There were 16,067 slots in
in 1960. In 1999
had 205,726 slot machines, one for every 10 residents.
Reno, sex toys are illegal.
While Samuel Clemens took the penname "Mark Twain" as a reporter
working for the "Territorial Enterprise," he began his writing career
as a reporter in the Midwest some years before moving to Virginia City
In 1931 the Pair-O-Dice Club was the first casino to open on
Highway 91, the future
In Tonopah the young Jack Dempsey was once the bartender and the
bouncer at the still popular Mispah Hotel and Casino. Famous lawman
and folk hero Wyatt Earp once kept the peace in the town.
it is illegal to lie down on the sidewalk.
everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask.
is federally owned including the secret Area 51 near the little town
You see the name Hughes on
numerous locations and developments in
Howard Hughes bought up considerable
property before he died in 1976, including the following hotels and
casinos: Castaways, Desert Inn, Frontier, Landmark, Sands, Silver
Slipper, and Harold's Club.
Austin's oldest church, St. Augustine,
requires the establishment's bells in the tower to be rung by pulling a
rope located in the men's restroom.
It is illegal for any member of the
legislature to conduct official business wearing a penis costume while the
legislature is in session.
Nevada takes its name from a Spanish
word meaning snow-capped.
Most of the state is desert but the Sierra
Nevada mountain range near Reno and the Ruby
Mountains near Elko have snow for half the year.
more mountain ranges than any other state, with its highest point at the
13,145 foot top of Boundary Peak near the west-central border.
The longest running show in
is the Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. It opened in
Misfits Flats off Highway 50 near Stagecoach takes its name from the John
Huston film. Huston used the privately owned area to film a complicated
wild horse round up with Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and
the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world
behind South Africa.
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 state's Highway 50, known as the Loneliest Highway in America,
received its name from "Life" magazine in 1986. There are few road stops
in the 287 mile stretch between Ely and Fernley.
tribes include the Shoshone, Washo and Paiute. Tribal lands have been used
in such film projects as "Misery," and "The Greatest Story Ever Told."
with an outlet to the sea is man made Lake Mead.
Many of the first hotels on The Strip opened
in the 1950's such as The Desert Inn, The Sands, The Riviera, The Dunes,
Hacienda, Tropicana, Royal
Moulin Rouge and The Stardust.In 1946, Bugsy Siegel opened The Flamingo
Hotel. Some say his involvement with that project is why he was murdered
in 1947 at his mansion in Beverly Hills, California.
In 1966, Howard Hughes begins his infamous
stay at the Desert Inn. By 1968, Hughes purchases the Desert Inn after
being asked to leave by Hotel management.
1996, Wayne Newton celebrated his 25,000th performance while Siegfried and
Roy celebrated their 15,000th performance.
The Stratosphere is the tallest,
free-standing, observation tower in the US and the tallest structure west
of the Mississippi River.
Ice Pavilion is a 16,000-square-foot rink once dismantled and moved to
Reno from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Camels were used as pack
late as 1870.
against the law in Reno to place a bench in the middle of the street.
Bugsy Siegel named his
Flamingo" for the long legs of his showgirl
sweetheart, Virginia Hill.
of America, updated July, 2015.