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Nevada tribes include the Shoshone, Washo and Paiute. Tribal lands have been used in such film projects as "Misery," and "The Greatest Story Ever Told."
Fact - Elko is the 4th largest county in the 48 continental United States.
The ichthyosaur is Nevada's official state fossil.
Origin of the name Nevada - Nevada is from the Spanish word meaning "snowcapped".
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.
Nevada - 36th state in the USA; it became a state on October 31, 1864.
The Reno Ice Pavilion is a 16,000-square-foot rink once dismantled and moved to Reno from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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.
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