Nevada Historical Sites

When it comes to the history books, Nevada has certainly added some truly unique pages. Nevada’s wild past springs to life at historical sites all across the state—at the scenes of gold and silver booms felt around the world and the biggest bounty of ghost towns in the country, among vibrant rock art sites and collections of artifacts showcasing threads of American Indian culture found nowhere else, and on the rim of one of the most famous architectural wonders of the world.

Find out how the State of Nevada earned its “Silver State” nickname, meet the early settlers and larger-than-life personalities who became Legendary Nevadans, and learn how live entertainment, atomic testing, and a whole lotta neon transformed a sleepy little settler town into the home of the Las Vegas Strip. Whether you’re looking to dig into our mining, ranching, and buckaroo-ing roots, or itching to chronicle the rise of the Entertainment Capital of the World, or anything in between, take a step back in time with us.


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Whether it’s the newest item on your bucket list or the best wrong turn you ever took, whichever corner of this state you venture to, you’re bound to uncover the kind of unexpected encounters, memorable characters, and only-in-Nevada experiences that make this place so damn special. Get your hands on stunning images, surprising stories, colorful characters, do-before-you-die events, and beyond. And just to sweeten the deal, in addition to sending you our official Nevada Visitors Guide, we’ll throw in our swanky state map, too.

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The Silver State’s stories have a way of shaping your own. If you made a little #NVHistory or encountered any #LegendaryNevadans along your Nevada adventure, be sure to tag #TravelNevada to share it with us. If we love your photo, you may find it featured here.

#RenoTahoe History ⛏ In 1859, placer miners and prospectors in the western Great Basin made two amazing strikes of gold and silver ore near @virginiacity. The Comstock Lode, as people soon called the ore body, resulted in what would today be billions of dollars in riches.💰
When exploring the tramway, you kinda hafta stop and look at historical Boot Hill Cemetery. Yeah, kinda hafta 👍 
Crime was rampant in Pioche in the early 1870s. During the first few years of piochas boom days, it was said that 72 men
Fun fact: Our town was named after Henry Comstock aka
White Pine County Will Be Here To Welcome You Back. Stay Strong. We Will See You Soon.

The following mention on our countdown of 30 days and travel inspiration is: the town of Cherry Creek. Believe it or not, Cherry Creek was, at one time, the largest town in White Pine County with an estimated population of 6,000. In fact, the town's roots go as far back as the 1850s, when one of the first gold mines in Nevada began to operate, and it became a major Pony Express station. There are plenty of ways to take in the natural beauty of this once roaring destination, whose residents have now shrunk to less than 70. Be sure to stop at the town's museum (by appointment only) for an in-depth look into Cherry Creek’s past, including various antiques from when the museum acted as a one-room schoolhouse. #visitelynevada #getelevated #explore #ghosttown #nvroadtrip #familyfun #howtonevada #nevada #history #epic #awesome #photooftheday travelnevada ponyexpressnevada
#OnThisDay in 1935, the last concrete was ‘placed’ in the construction of Hoover Dam. 
There were two concrete mixing plants built at the site of Hoover Dam, or Boulder Dam as it was then called, in order to produce enough concrete in the time allowed to build the dam.
An overhead 'bucket' system using pulleys to relay the concrete to where it was needed was devised - it was able to deliver one bucket of concrete every 78 seconds. The dam was built in 5ft deep vertical columns of blocks that varied in size from about 60 sq ft to 25 sq ft. The blocks were linked together like a giant Lego set. A unique cooling system to speed up the curing process of the concrete was developed, otherwise it had been calculated that it would take 100 years to cool without cracking.
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Comparing a photo taken around the 1930s or 40s, to present day 2020. A lot has changed on #fremontstreet since then... #canonphotopaper#movies#movie#flick#film#travel #vegas#lasvegas#lasvegasweekly#nvfilmoffice#nevadafilm#nevadafilmoffice#filmnv#filmnevada#olloclip#iphoneonly#cinema#vegasmovies#wanderlust#igerslvo#LiveTravelChannel#capturethescene#history #fremontstreet #nvfilm #filmnv #history #gambling #shareyourstudio
“Welcome everyone, I am your dam guide. I’m about to take you through a fully functional power plant, so please, no one wander off the dam tour and please take all the dam pictures you want. Now are there any dam questions?” Visiting the renowned Hoover Dam a few weeks back was just how I remembered it in Vegas Vacation when Clark Griswald managed to make a mess of his tour (chewing an obscene amount of gum to plug the water holes is my favorite part! 😂) Find out how to make it out to the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas in my new blog post, link’s in my bio!
Land of rock and story. What does it mean?
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The Pioneer saloon continues to pour drinks for over 100 years; it’s the location of gunfights and ghost sightings, movie shoots, and video games. On July 3, 1915, just two years after the saloon had opened for business. It seems that a group of prospectors, miners and other assorted characters were playing a game of poker at a table at the saloon. One of the gamblers tried to