Well-positioned in the country’s Western region, Nevada is the 7th most extensive but also only the 9th least densely populated of the U.S. states. Besides its mountain range and semi-arid landscapes, Nevada is mainly known for being the home of Las Vegas. This city, known as “America’s Playground,” draws millions of visitors to gamble and party as a massive part of its touristic appeal. Consequently, Las Vegas is Nevada’s largest city, while Carson City is the state’s capital.
A significant “silver fever” led to a migration boom to the region in 1859. Then, alongside West Virginia, Nevada joined the Union during the Civil War. Shortly after becoming the 36th state, Nevada helped ensure President Lincoln’s reelection. Though gambling was prohibited in 1909, it was prevalent in some state towns that dominated the economy. Later, gambling was legalized once again in 1935.
Due to its enormous desertic areas, Nevada has been a recurrent place for nuclear weapons testing (more than any other state).