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5 Fun Facts About February 1 In Nevada History

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1. In 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in the United States, after being admitted to the Union by President Abraham Lincoln. This came just eight days before Abraham Lincoln signed the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery.

2. In 1900, a fire broke out in downtown Reno, Nevada, destroying 45 buildings in just five hours. The cause of the fire was never determined, but it was later determined that the town's "bucket brigadiers" had not been properly trained to combat urban fires.

3. In 1942, the U.S. Army reopened the Hawthorne Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nevada, which had been previously used during World War I. The depot was used to store munitions and weapons during World War II, and today is still in use as a military supply depot.

4. In 1960, construction began on the Hoover Dam Bypass, which spans the Colorado River between Nevada and Arizona. The bridge, which was completed in 2010, is the second-highest bridge in the United States and was built to alleviate traffic on the Hoover Dam.

5. In 2015, the University of Nevada, Reno, announced that it had received a $10 million donation from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation. The donation was the largest single gift in the university's history and was used to fund the Wiegand Fitness Center and other projects.
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