Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, the United States acquired the Nevada region from Mexico following the 1848 Mexican War, and it became the 36th state to join the union in 1864. Until the discovery of silv... More » Geography United States The West

Silver is a precious metal that is used in industry, investment, art and decor. It has unique electrical and thermal conductivity properties, is highly reflective of light, can endure extreme temperatures and is one-of-a... More » Science Environmental Science Natural Resources

The Maidu Indians are native to central and northern California, around the Sacramento area east into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Four groups of Native American tribes formed after the area was settled around 7,000 B.C.... More » History Modern History US History
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The capital of Nevada is Carson City, while the largest city is Las Vegas. Carson City is located in western Nevada with an area of 168 square miles. Carson City has an elevation of 4,802 feet above sea level and was fou... More » Geography United States The West

Three major landforms in Nevada are the Great Basin, the Mojave Desert and the Sierra Nevada. The Colorado, Humboldt and Truckee are the state's major rivers. Nevada's major lakes include Pyramid Lake, Lake Mead, Lake Ta... More » Geography United States The West

Nevada contains many unique natural resources, such as copper, gold, silver, tungsten and mercury. Lake Tahoe, in western Nevada, is a major natural source of the state's water. In eastern Nevada, the limestone geology a... More » Geography United States The West

Some notable abandoned towns in Nevada include Berlin Ghost Town in Gabbs, Gold Point Ghost Town in Gold Point, St. Thomas Ghost Town in Moapa Valley and Belmont Ghost Town in Belmont. Some ghost towns in Nevada are stil... More » Geography United States The West