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Once the highest concrete dam in the world, Hoover Dam offers guided tours and a museum of artifacts of the construction and its workers.
Nevada - 36th state in the USA; it became a state on October 31, 1864.
Elko History - Elko was first inhabited in 1868, when it was at the East end of the railroad tracks built by Central Pacific Railroad (the portion of the First Transcontinental Railroad built from California to Utah). When the railroad crews moved on, Elko remained, serving as a ranch and mining freight and supply center.
The Humboldt River crosses from east to west across the northern part of the state, draining into the Humboldt Sink near Lovelock. Several rivers drain from the Sierra Nevada eastward, including the Walker, Truckee and Carson rivers.
Semi-Precious Stone - Nevada Turquoise, sometimes called the "Jewel of the Desert," is found in many parts of the state.
Fact - Elko county covers an area of 17,157 square miles.
Virginia City is the home of the Nevada Gambling Museum.
Locals use terms like The Sagebrush State, The Silver State, and The Battle Born State as nicknames for Nevada.
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