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5 Fun Facts About August 27 In Nevada History

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1. In 1955, the Moulin Rouge hotel-casino opened in Las Vegas, becoming the first racially integrated casino in the city. The venue featured top performers like Sammy Davis Jr. and Eartha Kitt.

2. On August 27, 1971, the Nevada State Legislature approved the construction of the Nevada State Prison in Carson City. The prison operated until 2012 when it was closed due to budget cuts.

3. The Hoover Dam, which straddles the border of Nevada and Arizona, was officially dedicated on August 27, 1935. The dam was a major engineering feat of its time, providing hydroelectric power and water to cities in the area.

4. In 1861, the Pony Express mail delivery service began operating in Nevada. Riders traveled through the state as part of the cross-country route that helped connect the east and west coasts of the United States.

5. On August 27, 1999, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook the Walker Lane region of northwest Nevada. The quake caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure in the town of Yerington, although there were no fatalities.
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