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5 Fun Facts About September 5 In Nevada History

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1. In 1830, explorer Jedediah Smith crossed into Nevada for the first time during his journey to California. He traveled through the northern part of the state and became the first known non-Native American to cross the Great Basin.

2. On September 5, 1850, the first newspaper in Nevada was published in Genoa. The Territorial Enterprise would later become famous for its coverage of the Comstock Lode and its association with Mark Twain.

3. The Nevada State Fair was first held in September 1874, with exhibits and competitions showcasing the state's agricultural and mining industries. The fair continued to be held annually until it was discontinued in 2010 due to financial difficulties.

4. On September 5, 1945, a B-29 bomber crashed into a hillside near Las Vegas, killing all 14 crew members on board. The aircraft was part of a secret mission to test atomic bomb components at the nearby Nevada Test Site.

5. In 1986, the Hoover Dam Bypass Project was officially authorized by Congress. The project aimed to construct a new bridge over the Colorado River to alleviate traffic congestion on the dam's existing roadway. The bridge, now known as the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, was completed in 2010.
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