Interesting facts about Nevada?
- Nevada is the seventh largest state in US with 110,540 square miles, 85% of them federally owned including the secret Area 51 near the little town of Rachel;
- Nevada is the largest gold producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa;
- 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;
- Nevada’s economy is overwhelmingly based on tourism, especially the gambling (legalized in 1931) and resort industries centered in Las Vegas;
- Bugsy Siegel named his Las Vegas casino “The Flamingo” for the long legs of his showgirl sweetheart, Virginia Hill;
- Las Vegas has the majority of the largest hotels in the world;
- In Death Valley, the Kangaroo Rat can live its entire life without drinking a drop of liquid;
- The ichthyosaur is Nevada’s official state fossil.