Nevada Trivia - Did You Know?

Posted by Mitch Argon / CalNeva Realty on Monday, October 22nd, 2007 at 6:28pm.

Greetings -

I came across a few trivia "nuggets" for the state of Nevada that I thought may be interesting and entertaining for anyone who is looking to move to the state (as well as some of you who already live here).

#1  Lake Tahoe was named Lake Bigler after Governor John Bigler from California.  It was not until 1945 that California's state legislature officially adopted the name Lake Tahoe. 

#2  Nevada was granted statehood on Oct. 31, 1864; prior to 1864 Nevada was in the Utah Territory.   At that time, Las Vegas was in the Arizona Territory. 

#3  Nevada is the most mountainous state in the Union with 314 distinct mountain ranges.  And most people think we are all desert...

#4  Gambling is legal throughout all of Nevada EXCEPT Boulder City and Panaca - both in Lincoln County.  What's next?  Look out Berkley and Santa Monica!

#5  Nevada is the only state that has a law that states if there is a tied election it is decided by drawing lots (yes, we are talking playing cards!).  In 2004, Ely NV decided the seat of the White Pine County Commission by this method - the high card won the election!

#6  Women gained the right to vote in Nevada in 1914, six years before women's suffrage laws were passed in the US.  And you thought those cowboys were stereotypical macho men!

#7  Levi's 501 Jeans were invented in Reno NV in the 1870s by Jacob Davis.  He used heavy duty duck cloth sold by Levi Strauss & Co., to make a pair of pants ordered by a woman for her husband to wear when chopping wood.  To make them even stronger, Davis put the copper rivets in the corners.

#8  Samuel Clemens called himself "Josh" before adopting the pen name "Mark Twain" while reporting for Virginia City's Territorial Enterprise during the Silver Rush Days.

 #9  In the late 1800's, Virginia City had a population close to 30,000.  When the silver mines dried up, people quickly left in pursuit of new fortunes.  Today, Virginia City's population is around 1,500.

#10  While Reno and Las Vegas were infamous for being rival "divorce capitals" of the world, the small town of Minden was not to be outdone.  In 1921, silent film actress Mary Pickford, "America's Sweetheart," was divorced in Minden after residing in Nevada for only 16 days.  She promptly returned to California and married actor Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

Hope you enjoy this stuff.  If you have something you want to share, please post away!


Mitch Argon
Broker - CalNeva Realty

1 Response to "Nevada Trivia - Did You Know?"

diane moreau wrote: always interested in Virginia City and the surrounding towns in 1800's for story research.

Posted on Sunday, February 10th, 2008 at 11:22am.

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