Nevada ABC Project
Tanner Leffler

Animals:

My official animal is the Bighorn sheep. Nevada’s mountainous desert is a good climate for these sheep. They can survive for long periods of time without water and there are nearly 1,500 of them left in the state.  The males are 4 1/2 feet tall and weigh as much as 175 pounds an they like to fight.

Battle Born:

It’s the nickname of Nevada. Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864. During the civil war, Nevada supported the union. Nevada became a state just in time to re-elect Abraham Lincoln.

Capitol and flag:

Carson City is the capital of Nevada. The states capitol building is in Carson City. Government officials meet there to make the state laws.

Driest desert:

Nevada is the dries state in the United States. Nevada’s average rainfall is only 9.15 inches per year on average.  The state of Nevada gets 30.0 less inches of rain than the national average which is 39.17 inches of rain.

Eastern Border:

The Eastern border of Nevada is mountainous, too. Eastern Nevada Mountains usually get more rain and snow than mountains in the center of the state. The Rudy Mountains near Elko get average of about 32 inches of precipitation each year.

Floyd Lamb State Park:

Floyd Lamb State Park is a 2,040-acre park in Las Vegas, Nevada. The park is centered on Tule Springs which is a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this part of the Mojave Desert. The springs was first designated as a park when it was acquired by the city of Las Vegas in 1964.

Growing pains:

As the United State of continued to grow. It became more of a challenge for people in different parts of the country to communicate with one another. In April 1860 the pony express began.

Hoover dam:

Nevada has one of the best known dams in the United States, which is Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam is near Boulder City in Nevada.  Hoover Dam provides water to Nevada and California. The dam has been named one of the top 10 construction achievements of the 20th century. 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.

John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino:

This casino which is located in Sparks, Nevada was famous for having a performing elephant named Bertha. Bertha performed for 37 years at the casino.  Bertha was 48 years old when she died.

Kit Carson Trail:

Kit Carson was the guide for John C. Freemont's expeditions from the Rocky Mountains all the way to California.  He was a guide between 1842 and 1847 and he played an important role in opening up the West.   These expeditions faced many dangers like starvation and bad weather.

Ichthyosaur:

The Ichthyosaur is Nevada's official state fossil.  Nevada is the only state to have a complete Ichthyosaur skeleton, which is approximately 55 feet long (found in Berlin, Nevada). Ichthyosaurs is an extinct predatory marine reptile that lived 200 million years ago.

Las Vegas Facts:

Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on Earth. Las Vegas has the majority of the largest hotels in the world. Nevada is the only state with an entire museum devoted to the life and time of entertainer Liberace.  There were 16,067 slots in Nevada in 1960. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for every 10 residents.

The mob and the strip:

In the 1940 the Commercial Casino in Elko hired the first entertainment stars to perform in Nevada casinos. However it was Las Vegas that became home to the stars. When money to build the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas ran out a gangster named Benjamin Bugsy Siegel helped out.

Natural Resources:

Nevada's natural resources are lumber, building stone, copper, gold, gypsum, mercury, sand and gravel.  The population growth in Nevada is due to the gold and silver ore that was found during the Comstock Lode.  Nevada mines 79% of all of the gold that is mined in the United States.

Ore:

Ore is rocky dirt and gravel that has different types of minerals in it. These minerals helped people to agree that Nevada would be an important state for the United States. The Comstock Lode was the first major discovery of silver ore in the United States.

Paiute War:

In 1860 about 6,800 nonnative people lived in Nevada. By the 1870’s Virginia City alone had a population of about 20000. People from around the world came to Western Nevada to work in the mines

Quarter:

Quarters were made at the Carson City Mint during the 23 years that it was open.  It opened on January 10, 1870 and was closed on April 10, 1895.  In total, the mint made almost 50,000,000. coins.

River and Lakes:

Most of Nevada lies with the Great Basin a huge low spot surrounded by mountains like a basin or sink. Rain that falls in the Great Basin stays there. River run down its mountains toward the bottom of the basin.

State seal:

Nevada’s government adopted the state seal in 1866. The seal represent Nevada’s government. It also makes state government papers official.

Today’s Nevada:

Today the United States government owns almost 9 in every 10 acres in Nevada. That means the government makes many decisions about Nevada’s and water. For example the government can decide where cattle can graze and how much to charge ranchers for grazing.

Unique Nevada Fact:  

The longest morse code telegram ever sent was the Nevada state constitution. It was sent from Carson City to Washington D.C. in 1864. The transmission must have taken several hours to type and receive.

Valley of Fire:

Valley of Fire is the oldest state park in Nevada and was dedicated in 1935.  The park is about 35,000 acres.  It is a popular location for movies and parts of The Professionals, Total Recal and Star Trek Generations have been filmed there.

Whitetailed Jackrabbit:

The Whitetailed Jackrabbit lives in the grasslands and farmlands of Nevada. The Whitetailed Jackrabbit is a pat of the hare family.  This jackrabbit has the characteristics of over-sized legs and ears and lives between 1 and 5 years.

Xeriscape:

Xeriscaping is a landscaping method that uses plants and trees that do not need very much water to live.  It minimizes the use of purchased water and tries to maximize the use of natural rainwater.   Xeriscaping was originally developed for areas with frequent drought.  It is becoming more popular water is becoming more scare in some areas and more expensive.

Yucca Mountain:

The Yucca Mountain is 1,200 feet high and is 6 miles from the North ridge to the South ridge.  It is hte only site that is being considered by hte United States Department of Energy as a permanent disposal site for nuclear waste. The Yucca nuclear waste has designed by the nuclear waste policy act amendment of 1987. Storage facially for spent nuclear fuel and other high level radioactive waste.

Zipline:

The Freemont Street Experience has a zip-line that is a 12 story slot machine inspired inspired zip-line that is called Slotzilla.  It is 77 feet high and 850 feet long and people can go up to 35 miles per hour on it.  It is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas.

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