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5 Fun Facts About June 18 In Nevada History

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1. Nevada became a state: On June 18, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Nevada Statehood bill, making it the 36th state of the United States.

2. Hoover Dam construction began: On June 18, 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam began on the Colorado River near Las Vegas. It took five years to complete and remains a major attraction in Nevada today.

3. Great Basin National Park established: On June 18, 1986, the Great Basin National Park was established in Nevada. The park is known for its unique geology and diverse plant and animal life.

4. Las Vegas Hilton opens: On June 18, 1971, the Las Vegas Hilton (now the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino) opened on the iconic Las Vegas Strip. At the time, it was the largest hotel in the world.

5. Wildfire in Elko County: On June 18, 2012, a wildfire broke out in Elko County, burning over 1,000 acres of land before being contained. Wildfires are a common occurrence in Nevada due to its hot and dry climate.
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