NATIONAL NEVADA DAY
On March 29, National Nevada Day ushers The Battle Born State.
Joining West Virginia as the only other state to be granted statehood during the Civil War, Nevada is a study in contrasts.
Nevada may have once been the loneliest state and is home to the loneliest highway.After the Comstock Lode discovery of silver in 1859, the population grew dramatically. By 1864 when the state was admitted to the union, Nevada lacked the 60,000 to be granted statehood and didn’t gain the residents until 1880. It would even lose population according to the U.S. Census Bureau and not achieve the qualifying numbers again until 1910.
Lonely or not, Nevada was the first state to vote for the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.
Nevada wasn’t lonely for long. The population exploded when two railroads connected in 1905 and established a town called Las Vegas and first platted in 1910. It would be 30 years before the first resort would open. Casinos and glamour would soon follow.
As the casinos began to sprout, construction of Hoover Dam began. Formerly named Boulder Dam, the dam on the Colorado River provides hydropower to Nevada, Arizona, and California.
Most of the state is made up of National Parks providing some of the best opportunities for star-gazing anywhere. Perhaps that’s why Area 51 attracts so much attention and mystery. Well, who are we kidding?
HOW TO OBSERVE
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Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.
Patrick Anthony McCarran - Senator - (August 8, 1876 - September 28, 1954)
Patrick McCarran served as an associate justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and Democratic Senator during his career.
Fred Balzar - Governor - (June 15, 1880- March 21, 1934)
Business leader and law man, Fred Balzar also served as state senator and assessor before being elected Governor of Nevada.
Frederick Delongchamps - Architect - (June 2, 1882 - February 11, 1969)
Frederick Delongchamps earned a reputation for providing both residential and public designs that have retained architectural and historical significance.
James E. Casey - Businessman - March 29, 1888 - June 6, 1983)
In 1907, James E. Casey started a messenger service that would become United Parcel Service with just a $100.00 start-up fund.
Sarah Winnemucca - Author - ( Abt. 1844- October 17, 1891)
Award-winning author and advocate, Sarah Winnemucca served as an interpreter and wrote Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims.
Ruthe Deskin - Journalist - (February 20, 1916 - February 14, 2004)
One time president of the Las Vegas Press Club, Ruthe Deskin’s journalism career included radio and print. She also founded local youth programs.
Procter R. Hug Jr. - Judge - (March 11, 1931 -)
Procter R. Hug, Jr was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals by Jimmy Carter in 1977. He served until 2017.
Dawn Wells - Actress - (October 18, 1938 - )
Dawn Wells was an actress during the 1960s. Best known for her role as Mary Ann on the TV sitcom, Gilligan’s Island, she was crowned Miss Nevada in 1959.
Art Bell - Broadcaster - (June 17, 1945 - )
Broadcaster and founder of the radio program Coast to Coast AM syndicated, Art Bell focused on the unusual, conspiracies and extraterrestrials. His program lives on with new hosts and new unexplained phenomenon.
Andre Agassi - Tennis Player - (April 29, 1970 - )
Andre Agassi put the tennis world in the headlines during the 1990s. Winning Wimbledon and several Grand Slams, Agassi would take gold at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.