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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In Nevada History

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1. In 1957, the infamous Area 51 military base located in the Nevada desert was founded on July 6th. The purpose of this covert military base is still not fully known, but it is believed to be used for testing advanced aircraft and weapons technologies.

2. On July 6, 1887, the town of Elko, Nevada, was established. Elko is the largest city in northeastern Nevada and is known for its mining industry, the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and its scenic beauty.

3. Nevada's first state fair was held on July 6, 1871, in Carson City. The fair featured livestock exhibits, horse racing, and various agricultural displays. Today, the Nevada State Fair is held annually in Reno and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

4. On July 6, 1952, a devastating earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale struck the town of Hawthorne, Nevada, causing extensive damage and destroying dozens of buildings. Fortunately, there were no fatalities reported.

5. In 1985, Nevada became the first state in the US to legalize gambling in small towns. This paved the way for the development of the state's famous casinos and resorts, which have become a major source of tourism and revenue for the state. Today, Las Vegas is regarded as the gambling capital of the world and attracts millions of visitors each year.
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