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5 Fun Facts About August 10 In Nevada History

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1. On August 10, 1861, Nevada was officially recognized as a state, becoming the 36th state of the United States.

2. In 1915, the city of Las Vegas was founded on August 10th, when a 110-acre land auction was held by the Union Pacific Railroad. The city was initially established as a stopover for travelers going to and from Los Angeles.

3. On August 10, 1927, the Hoover Dam project began construction, a massive undertaking that would produce one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world. The dam is located on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Nevada and Arizona.

4. August 10, 1960, marked the opening of the first casino in the city of Reno, Harrah's Reno. The casino was owned and operated by William Harrah, who would go on to become a major figure in the gambling industry.

5. On August 10, 2007, the Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada was designated as an International Dark Sky Park, recognizing the park's exceptional star-gazing opportunities due to its remote location and minimal light pollution.
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