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5 Fun Facts About August 14 In Nevada History

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1. Nevada achieved statehood on August 14, 1864. President Abraham Lincoln signed the act into law, recognizing Nevada as the 36th state in the United States. The state's admission was expedited to aid the Union during the Civil War.

2. The first public school in Nevada opened on August 14, 1866. Located in Virginia City, the school was opened by Miss Alice L. Smith, who taught 16 students in a rented room.

3. Nevada's first casino, the Red Rooster, was opened in a former hotel on August 14, 1931. The casino was located in downtown Las Vegas and featured slot machines and games like craps and roulette.

4. On August 14, 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed the Nevada Wilderness Protection Act into law, protecting over 2 million acres of wilderness in the state. The act designated 14 areas as wilderness and added over 80 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail.

5. August 14, 2007 marked the opening of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, officially known as the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. The bridge spans 1,900 feet over the Colorado River, connecting Nevada and Arizona. It is the second highest bridge in the United States, with a height of 900 feet.
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