Nevada History and Attractions

By | July 25, 2022

According to, Nevada is located in the western part of the United States. The name of the state derives from the Spanish and means “snowy” due to the presence of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The state is the one that is undergoing the greatest demographic increase compared to the rest of the American federation.

The natural sceneries offered by the State of Nevada make it unique, alongside them completely original is the juxtaposition with the very famous Las Vegas and the related life linked to gambling. The boundless deserts of Nevada make the land fascinating on one side but barren and desolate on the other. The sound of slot machines that comes from casinos but also from clubs, hotels, petrol stations, even from the supermarket, breaks the dull sound of desert areas, giving greater ambiguity to the state.


It did not initially arouse great interest on the part of European settlers, but the pioneers’ intention changes when instead a gold and silver deposit is discovered in the south of the country. The territory of Nevada therefore becomes a destination for research of precious minerals but the Great Depression puts a strain on the economy of the state. In 1931 with a law the legality of gambling was established, so Nevada regained its share by taxing the winnings of games and wagers and thus recovered economically and became a major attraction for tourism, today the main economic source. just for the chance to try your luck.

Places to visit

According to, Las Vegas is undoubtedly the main city of Nevada, capable of welcoming hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, who can not help but get lost literally among the slot machines present everywhere. Las Vegas is the city of lights, hedonism, fun, money, risk, you wander among luxury hotels, resorts, enjoying prestigious cocktails and the cuisine of great chefs, passing alongside VIPs who rent the most luxurious suites.

Carson City is the capital of Nevada but presents itself as a small town, with quieter casinos and also offers the visitor an important historical itinerary.

Nevada is also a desolate territory that is worth visiting to get to know the roads and paths trodden by hunters of gold and skins, thus finding small villages, with buildings with a past flavor. Highway 50 is the loneliest road in America, where the towns are several kilometers apart and where the only noise is that of your car and the wind.


The Red Rock Canyon features a valley whose steep rock on the western side takes on an unusual red color and rises up to 900 meters high. The Valley of Fire State Park instead offers unusual sandstone formations that stand out on a desolate and desert terrain, at sunrise and sunset you can admire views of a breathtaking color.

NAMED: “The Silver State”
ORIGIN NAME: Arid region, dominated by the Sierra Nevada (snow-covered in Spanish), its population dates from the discovery of gold.
CAPITAL: Carson City
MEMBER UNION SINCE: October 31, 1864 (36th state)
POPULATION: 1,809,253
CAPITAL POPULATION: 54,773 residents
MOTTO: “All for Our Country”
TREE: Single-Leaf Pine and Bristlecone Pine
BIRD: Mountain Bluebird
FLOWER: Sagebrush
SONG: Home Means Nevada
THE FLAG: Against a background of cobalt blue in the upper left there is a five-pointed silver star between two sprays of salvi to form a half-crown; at the top of the crown is a golden scroll with the words “Battle born”. The current flag of the State of Nevada was adopted on March 26, 1929 and was changed in 1991.
AGRICULTURE: Livestock, hay, dairy products, potatoes.
INDUSTRY: Tourism, mining, food processing, electrical equipment.

Nevada economy

The need for an economic activity that did not require the use of water led to the legalization of gambling in 1931, which in turn resulted in the dominance of tourism activities in the economy. The few and sparse population centers in the state are service centers for passing motorists, ranchers and the mining industry. Per capita income is higher than the national average.

About 70% of farm revenues come from wild breeding, mostly of beef cattle, but partly also of sheep and dairy cattle, two thirds of the main agricultural products (hay, alfalfa seeds, potatoes and wheat) are intended for fodder. Nevada ranks first in the United States for the production of barite, magnesite and mercury, second for gold, diatomite and lithium; to ninth for silver. The extraction of sand, gravel and gypsum is also of economic importance.

The main industries are: chemical, food, electrical, metallurgical, stone, clay, glass and machinery. Most of the industrial plants are located in large urban areas.
Gambling provides over $ 2 billion in revenue annually. The main centers of this activity are Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe, but there are casinos in 14 counties. The liberalization of marriage and divorce attracts many foreigners to Nevada. Along with various events of all kinds, hunting, fishing, camping and winter sports help attract 30 million tourists to Nevada every year.

Nevada economy