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5 Fun Facts About August 23 In Nevada History

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1. Battle of Big Dry Wash - On August 23, 1882, the Battle of Big Dry Wash took place in Nevada. It was a conflict between a group of cowboys, known as "rustlers," and a posse led by Sheriff William Gardner. The battle resulted in the death of three rustlers and one posse member.

2. Hoover Dam Dedication - On August 23, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled to Nevada to dedicate the Hoover Dam. The dam was a major engineering feat and provided water and electricity to the surrounding areas. Roosevelt's visit marked the first time a sitting president had visited Nevada.

3. First Nevada Governor - On August 23, 1864, James W. Nye was sworn in as the first governor of Nevada. Nye played a significant role in Nevada becoming a state and was a pro-Union voice during the Civil War.

4. The Formation of Clark County - On August 23, 1909, Clark County was created in Nevada. The county is home to Las Vegas and is named after William Andrews Clark, a Montana senator who played a key role in the development of the state.

5. Burning Man Festival - The annual Burning Man Festival, a week-long event that celebrates art, self-expression, and community, begins on the last Monday in August. This year, the festival kicks off on August 23rd and is expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees to the remote Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
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