Caliente – Steeped in Railroad History
The California Trail – Rush to Gold
Frank “Shorty” Harris – Single Blanket Jackass Prospector
Las Vegas, Nevada – Sin City, USA
Bugsy Siegel and the Re-birth of Las Vegas
Sam Gay -The Sagebrush Sheriff
Helen J. Stewart: First Lady Of Las Vegas
The Death of Sheriff Tom Logan
Extraterrestrial Highway & Area 51
People of the Bullfrog Mining District
Goldfield – Queen of the Mining Camps
Gold Point – Waxing & Waning Through Time
Goodsprings, – Still Kicking the Desert Dust
Nelson & Eldorado Canyon – Lawlessness on the Colorado River
Nevada Death Valley Ghost Towns
Pioche – Wildest Town in the Silver State
Rhyolite – Little More Than a Memory
Silver City and Gold Hill – Mining the Comstock Lode
Virginia City and the Comstock Lode
History & Fascinating Facts of Lake Tahoe
Mary Jane Simpson – The Lady and the Mule
Midland Trail – First Transcontinental Auto-Trail
A Midnight Adventure in Nevada
Nevada Triangle – A Trap in the Mountains
Pioneers on the Nevada Frontier
Pony Express – Fasted Mail Across the West
Pueblo Grande de Nevada – The Lost City
Queho – Renegade Indian Outlaw
Quirky Nevada – Roadside Attractions
Stokes Castle in Austin, Nevada
Before the first white explorers entered Nevada, the region was inhabited by the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes. The first European to come to the area is thought to have been Spanish priest Francisco Garces in 1776. The area formed part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain and was called Nevada (snowy) due to the snow which covered the mountains in winter. The state became part of Mexico when it gained independence in 1821. In 1826 Peter Skene Ogden of the British Hudson’s Bay Company came to Nevada in a prelude to his later exploration of the Humboldt River. The same year, American trapper Jedediah Smith began to traverse the state.
The United States annexed the region in 1848 after its victory in the Mexican-American War and was incorporated as part of Utah Territory in 1850.
The discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 led to a population boom, and Nevada Territory was carved out of Utah Territory in 1861. It became the 36th state three years later, on October 31, 1864.
Today, much of the state’s economy is tied to tourism. Whether it’s enjoying a concert in Las Vegas, visiting one of the many ghost towns, such as Rhyolite, Gold Point, or Treasure City; or sailing on Lake Tahoe; Nevada is a playground for visitors.
You can ski in the winter at Mount Charleston, go climbing at Red Rock Canyon, golf at hundreds of courses, enjoy 24 state parks and 314 mountain ranges, and gamble pretty much anywhere, if that’s your fancy.
Welcome to the Silver State!
Nevada State Flag – On a cobalt blue field, a variant of the state’s emblem sits in the upper left-hand corner. The emblem is a five-pointed silver star placed between two sprays of sagebrush crossed to form a half wreath; across the top of the wreath is a golden scroll with the words, in black letters, “Battle Born.” The name “Nevada” is beneath the star in gold letters. The current Nevada State Flag design was adopted on March 26, 1929, and revised in 1991.
©Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, December 2022.