State Report On Nevada

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On October 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state of the Union with Carson City as its capital. Nevada today is famously known for its huge hotels with casinos and tourism. Nevada couldn't get into the Union any sooner because the population wasn't enough, but President Lincoln knew that the war funds were running low. So Lincoln made Nevada a state so that he can have money for the war effort with the copper and gold that Nevada had. Nevada is a Spanish name meaning snow covered. The first governor of Nevada was Henry Goode Blasdel from 1864-1871. During this time Nevada was still a huge mining ground for silver, copper, and gold. In 1867 the first Virginia Miners Union was formed. July 26 the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad started and on December 13 a locomotive went through on its way into Nevada. On March 2, 1968, The Virginia & Truckee Railroad Company established. In July the same year the first hot air balloon ride lifted off from Carson City, carrying Tony Ward. The Central Pacific railroad which is now the Union Pacific, auctioned off 400 lots in a neatly laid out town site, now downtown Reno, on 80 acres deeded over by Lake in exchange for the V&T Railroad choosing the location. The Central Pacific built a depot and created a new town site which is now Reno. At the behest of General Irvin McDowell, Charles Crocker, the railroad construction superintendent, named the town for Jesse Lee Reno, an American army officer who had served in the Mexican War and was later killed in Civil War action at South Mountain, Maryland, Sept. 14th, 1862.On March 3, 1869 Legislature passed an act for the construction of a suitable building for the care and maintenance of orphans of the state, which is located in Ormsby County. May10 of the same year the tracks for the Central Pacific Railroad met the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory Summit, which is south of Promontory, Utah. In Carson City, the Nevada State Legislature overrode the Governor's veto and formally legalized gambling in Nevada. Elko County was created. Then the first two-wheel bicycles were introduced to Nevada later that month.On November 4, 1870 The first train robbery in the Western United States. Eight men, Smiling Jack Davis, James Gilchrist, Chat Roberts, Sol Jones, J. H. Chapman, E. N. Parsons, Tilton Cockerell, and John Squires, robbed the Central Pacific's Atlantic Express of $40,000 in gold, the payroll for Gold Hill's Yellow Jacket Mine. Three different rewards were offered - Wells Fargo put up $10,000, Nevada Governor Henry Blasdel put up $20,000, and the U.S. Post Office put up $500. Honesty among thieves wasn't a common practice with these boys. The first one was captured and quickly told where two of the others were. After further interrogation, he broke down and gave up the names of everyone involved. In the end the following verdicts were delivered: Gilchrist and Roberts - released in exchange for their testimony; Jones - 5 years, state prison; Davis -...

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