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5 Fun Facts About September 16 In Nevada History

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1. Nevada Statehood Day - September 16 is celebrated as Nevada Statehood Day, as it marks the day when Nevada officially became the 36th state of the United States in 1864. There are various events held in the state to celebrate this historic day, including parades, reenactments, and fireworks displays.

2. Carson City becomes state capital - On September 16, 1861, Carson City was officially designated as the capital of the Territory of Nevada. The city's status as the capital carried over when Nevada became a state three years later.

3. The Battle of Moapa Valley - On September 16, 1864, a group of Paiute Indians attacked a group of California-bound settlers in Moapa Valley, Nevada. The settlers had been taking a shortcut through Paiute territory, and tensions had been high between the two groups for some time. The battle resulted in several casualties on both sides and was one of many conflicts between European settlers and indigenous peoples in the American West.

4. Dixie Valley earthquake - On September 16, 1954, a powerful earthquake struck Dixie Valley, Nevada, with a magnitude of 7.1. The quake was felt across the state and caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure in the surrounding area. Fortunately, there were no reported fatalities or serious injuries.

5. Virginia City International Camel Races - Since 1959, Virginia City, Nevada has been hosting an annual International Camel Races event on the third weekend in September. The races feature jockeys riding atop camels through an obstacle course, and the event draws thousands of spectators from across the state and beyond. The event has become a beloved tradition in Nevada and is one of the highlights of the fall season.
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