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Camels were used as pack animals in Nevada as late as 1870.
Elko Climate Data - January is normally the coldest month of the year, with an average maximum of 37.1° and an average minimum of 14.1°. July is normally the warmest month of the year, with an average maximum of 89.6° and an average minimum of 48.6°. There are an average of 42 days annually with a maximum of 90° (32°C.) or higher, and an average of 193 days annually with a minimum of 32° (0°C) or lower. Annual precipitation averages 9.9 inches, falling on an average of 79 days. Annual snowfall averages with 38.5 inches. There are normally 130 sunny days each year. The highest temperature on record is 108° on July 28, 1889, and the lowest on record is -43° on January 21, 1937. The most rainfall in one month was 5.71 inches in January 1916. The most rainfall in one year was 18.34 inches in 1983. The most snowfall in one month was 45.7 inches in January 1996. The most snowfall in one year was 100.8 inches in 1996.
Highest Elevation in Nevada - Boundary Peak - 13,143 feet (4,006 m) above sea level
The Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas strip is the nation's first off-airport airline baggage check-in service.
State Rock - Sandstone, in its more traditionally recognized form or as quartzite, is found throughout the state. In areas such as the Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon Recreational Lands, both near Las Vegas, it provides some of Nevada's most spectacular scenery. The State Capitol, and the former United States Mint, are built of sandstone.
History - Elko is said to have been named by Charles Crocker, a superintendent Central Pacific Railroad. He was especially fond of animal names and added o to Elk. There is no definitive evidence of this naming history, but it has become the widely accepted version.
Land - Over 80% of the state's area is owned by the federal government.
Much of the northern part of the state is within the Great Basin Desert, a mild desert that experiences hot temperatures in the summer and sub-freezing temperatures in the winter. Occasionally, moisture from the Arizona Monsoon will cause summer thunderstorms; Pacific storms may blanket the area with snow. The state's highest recorded temperature was 125 °F (52 °C) in Laughlin (elevation of 605 feet (184 m)) on 29 June 1994.
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