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Nevada History


The first European expeditions to the Nevada area were the Father Kino expeditions at the end of the 17th century. Consequently, Nevada fell under Spanish control as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain.

When Mexico gained its independence from Spain, the area then became part of Mexico.

The United States gained control of the area following the Mexican-American War (1846 to 1848), and in 1850 Congress established the Utah territory which included the present-day state of Nevada.

On March 2nd 1861, the Nevada Territory was sepatated from the Utah Territory and adopted its current name, inspired by the Spanish Sierra Nevada (snow range). Nevada became the 36th state of te Union, eight days prior to the presidential election of 1864. Additional land was added to the state in 1866, taken from Arizona Territory to the West of the Colorado River.

In the 19th century, Nevada's economy was dominated by mining. However, when the industry declined, gambling was legalized in 1931 in an attempt to reinvigorate the economy. Since then, gambling has remained the state's principle source of revenue right up to the present day.

The majority of land in the state (87%) is still owned by the Federal government. This is because homesteads were not permitted in large enough sizes to be viable in the arid conditions that are prevalent throughout the state.


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Nevada: A History of the Silver State (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

By Michael S. Green

University of Nevada Press
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Nevada: A History of the Silver State has been named a CHOICE Outstanding Title.

Michael S. Green, a leading Nevada historian, provides a detailed survey of the Silver State’s past, from the arrival of the early European explorers, to the predominance of mining in the 1800s, to the rise of world-class tourism in the twentieth century, and to more recent attempts to diversify the economy.

Of the numerous themes central to Green’s analysis of Nevada’s history, luck plays a significant role in the state’s growth. The miners and gamblers who first visited the state all bet on luck. Today, the biggest contributor to Nevada’s tourist economy, gaming, still relies on that same belief in luck. Nevada’s financial system has generally been based on a “one industry” economy, first mining and, more recently, gaming. Green delves deeply into the limitations of this structure, while also exploring the theme of exploitation of the land and the overuse of the state’s natural resources. Green covers many more aspects of the Silver State’s narrative, including the dominance of one region of the state over another, political forces and corruption, and the citizens’ often tumultuous relationship with the federal government. The book will appeal to scholars, students, and other readers interested in Nevada history.

Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

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In the words of literary luminaries, newspaper articles, public documents, personal letters, political speeches and personal accounts this is an attempt to define Nevada's colorful and complex development. It describes life in a mining boomtown, racial segregation in Las Vegas, political careers and atomic testing whilst through photographs we are shown significant Nevada architecture, the masterpieces of renowned Paiute basketmaker Dat-so-la-lee and tree carvings by sheepherders. The collection ranges from the earliest descriptions of the region to the current debate on Yucca Mountain.

Roadside History of Nevada (Roadside History Series)

By Richard Moreno

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Released: 2000-07-01
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Roadside History of Nevada (Roadside History Series)
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There's more to Nevada than one-armed bandits, cheap buffets and Elvis impersonators and this book proves it. Roadside History of Nevada leads readers across the not-so-lifeless desert, visiting long-forgotten boom-and-bust mining towns, quirky roadside stops, and the intrigues of the real Las Vegas. With a historian's nose for detail and a traveler's sense of fun, Richard Moreno presents a myriad of memorable tales of Nevada's places and people. Illuminating the text are 140 photographs, plus a detailed map for each section. From Paiutes to pioneers and from dams to divorce seekers, Roadside History of Nevada reveals the Silver State's history in all its luster.

The Sagebrush State, 4th Ed: Nevada’s History, Government, and Politics (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

By Michael W. Bowers

University of Nevada Press
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The Sagebrush State, 4th Ed: Nevada’s History, Government, and Politics (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)
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Nevada’s politics have been formed in large measure by its turbulent history and harsh environment. Bowers’ concise volume explains the dynamics of this process, which is strikingly unique among the fifty states. This is a readable and insightful explanation of how Nevada’s history has formed its political culture, and how its government works today. The Sagebrush State includes the full text of the state constitution, with extensive annotations of all amendments to the original 1864 document. The Sagebrush State serves as a text for the study of Nevada’s history and constitution, which is a graduation requirement at the state’s colleges and universities. The fourth edition of this work is updated through 2012 to include information on the elections of 2010 and 2012 and recent controversial sessions of the Legislature.

A Great Basin Mosaic: The Cultures of Rural Nevada (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

By James W. Hulse

University of Nevada Press
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A Great Basin Mosaic: The Cultures of Rural Nevada (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)
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The Nevada of lesser-known cities, towns, and outposts deserve their separate chronicles, and here Hulse fills a wide gap. He contributes in a text rich with memories tramping through rural Nevada as a child, then as a journalist seeking news and gossip, then later as an academic historian and a parent trying to share the wonders of the high desert with his family. Nobody is more qualified to write about the cultural nuances of rural Nevada than Hulse, who retired after 35 years as a professor of history at University of Nevada, Reno.

Robert Laxalt wrote an article in National Geographic in 1974 entitled “The Other Nevada” in which he referred to “the Nevada that has been eclipsed by the tinsel trimmings of Las Vegas, the round-the-clock casinos, the ski slopes of the Sierra. It is a Nevada that few tourists see.” With this book Hulse reflects on Laxalt’s insights and shows changes—often slow-moving and incremental—that have occurred since then. Much of the terrain of rural Nevada has not changed at all, while others have adapted to technological revolutions of recent times. Hulse states that there is no single “other” Nevada, but several subcultures with distinct features. He offers a tour of sorts to what John Muir called the “bewildering abundance” of the Nevada landscape.

Boomtown Saloons: Archaeology And History In Virginia City (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)

By Kelly J. Dixon

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Boomtown Saloons: Archaeology And History In Virginia City (Shepperson Series in Nevada History)
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Deals with the historical archaeology of the Old West. This book's account of the excavation and analysis of four nineteenth-century Virginia City, Nevada, saloon sites offers a fresh interpretation of the role of saloons in a mining boomtown.

Nevada (States)

By Jordan Mills

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Take a trip to the Silver State! Learn about Nevada's history, geography, weather, people, and more in this book that's all about our 36th state.

History of Nevada: (Second Edition)

By Russell R. Elliott

Brand: University of Nebraska Press
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History of Nevada: (Second Edition)
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This updated edition of History of Nevada is still the most comprehensive one-volume economic, political, and social history of a state that was once thought of as "a bridge to somewhere else." It will be welcomed by students and general readers.

The History Of The Comstock Lode (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Special Publication)

By Grant H. Smith

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The History Of The Comstock Lode (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Special Publication)
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A complete history of mining operations on the Comstock from 1850 to the present day.

History of the Sierra Nevada, Revised and Updated

By Francis P. Farquhar

University of California Press
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History of the Sierra Nevada, Revised and Updated
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From the time it was sighted by Spanish explorers in the eighteenth century through the creation of the John Muir trail, the building of the Hetch Hetchy Dam, and the founding of the Sierra Club, the great snowy range of California has provided fulfillment to generations of trappers, immigrants, engineers, naturalists, and tourists. Now a mountaineering classic, this pioneering book was the first to synthesize into a single, riveting narrative all of the varied aspects of human endeavor related to the history of the Sierra Nevada. Thoroughly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and maps, the book continues to be indispensable for any lover of the high country.


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