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Major Nevada Rivers - Colorado River, Humboldt River and Truckee River
Nevada State Animal - Desert Bighorn (or Nelson) Sheep
Nevada State Fossil - Ichthyosaur (Shonisaurus - a huge, whale-like marine reptile that lived during the time of the dinosaurs)
The eastern parts of the state receive more summer moisture and have a slightly more verdant terrain. Sagebrush grows everywhere and some rivers and streams break the desert terrain.
In Tonopah the young Jack Dempsey was once the bartender and the bouncer at the still popular Mispah Hotel and Casino. Famous lawman and folk hero Wyatt Earp once kept the peace in the town.
Grammatically, the proper term for the mountains is the Sierra Nevada not the Sierras. Robert Conrad almost called one of his television series High Sierra Rangers but changed it to High Mountain Rangers.
While Samuel Clemens took the penname "Mark Twain" as a reporter working for the "Territorial Enterprise," he began his writing career as a reporter in the Midwest some years before moving to Virginia City in 1862.
Wayne Newton owns a home in the Las Vegas area, and it was a real location for the film "Vegas Vacation."
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