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5 Fun Facts About April 13 In Nevada History

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1. The first wedding ceremony in Las Vegas took place on April 13, 1931. The marriage between Anna Amelia Swain and John F. Miller was officiated by a local judge in his chambers. This event marked the beginning of Las Vegas' reputation as the "marriage capital of the world".

2. On April 13, 1865, the Pony Express delivered its final message. The message, from San Francisco to New York, arrived in just seven days, showing the effectiveness of the Pony Express in delivering mail across the United States. The Pony Express ended after just 18 months of operation due to the completion of the Transcontinental Telegraph line.

3. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) was founded on April 13, 1957. Originally called Nevada Southern University, UNLV is now a thriving university with over 30,000 students.

4. April 13, 1909, marked the opening of the Goldfield High School in Goldfield, Nevada. The school was built during the heyday of Goldfield, which was one of the largest gold mining towns in the United States at the time. The high school building still stands and has been converted into a museum.

5. The town of Searchlight, Nevada, was founded on April 13, 1897. Searchlight was a booming mining town during the early 1900s, but the population declined after the mines shut down. Today, Searchlight is a popular spot for tourists and is home to about 500 people.
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