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10 Fast Facts About Nevada:
1/ Nevada has the 5th highest average elevation of any of the states at 5,500 Feet (1680 meters). The highest elevation in the state is at Boundary Peak which is 13,147 feet (4007 meters), and the lowest is on the Colorado River on the border with California at 481 feet (147 meters).
2/ The Pronghorn Antelope is the fastest animal in Nevada and can leap 20 feet in great bounds at 60 miles per hour for short distances. The animal's keen eyesight enables it to see movement up to four miles away.
3/ The canvasback duck is the largest and fastest duck found in Nevada. Male canvasbacks are very distinct with the most white of any duck. They have a chestnut red head, long black bill and blood red eyes. The female has the same bill, but her body is brown with brown eyes. Canvasback ducks are diving ducks and can be found in deeper
water throughout the state in the fall and winter.
4/ The Las Vegas Sun reported that as of June 30th 2010, there were 168,504 slots in Nevada casinos, about the same number that were operating in 1997. The number of slots in Nevada peaked in 2001 with 188,705 machines in “non-restricted” locations, excluding bars, grocery stores and other non-casino businesses that may offer up to 15 machines.
5/ Mark Twain of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" started his writing career as a journalist on the Nevada Newspaper, the Territorial Enterprise in 1868.
Today very few copies of the Territorial Enterprise from Mark Twain's days exist. Much of Twain's writing for the Enterprise survives only as undated clippings from his personal scrapbooks or as reprints from contemporary newspapers of his time.
It is also worth mentioning that 'Mark Twain' was actually a penname. His real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
6/ The temperate differences in Nevada are possibly the widest in the whole US, with lows at night in the winter down to -50 Fahrenheit and midday highs during the summer months rising to 125 Fahrenheit., a difference of 175 degrees fahrenheit!
7/ The statehood of Nevada was rushed through in 1864, because Abraham Lincoln was hopeful of taking the state in the forthcoming Presidental Election. On 31st october of that year Nevada became the 36th state in the Union.
8/ The official state flower of Nevada is Sagebrush, the official state mammal is the Desert Bighorn Sheep and the official state reptile is the desert tortoise.
9/ The largest 'Megabucks' Slot Machine Jackpot ever won in Las Vegas (to date) was the $39,710,826.36 that was won at the Excalibur Casino on the 21st March 2003 by an anonymous 25 year old man. It is however worth pointing out that the whole amount is never paid out, rather the winner has the option to either receive a lump sum payment of 60% immediately, or the full amount, but spread over 25 years. Assuming the winner took the 60% he would have received $23,826,496. He would then have had to pay federal tax at 40%, so he would actually have received $14,295,897.
Not too shabby! But not $39,710,826....
10/ Nevada has one of the fastest rising populations in the United States and this has largely been prompted by the official legalization of gambling on the 19th March 1931. In 1930 the population of Nevada was just 91,058 people. But by 2010 this had risen to 2,700,551 people.