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Nevada Crazy Laws, Fun Facts, and Trivia

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Crazy Nevada Laws

  • In Reno benches may not be placed in the middle of the street.
  • It is illegal to have a "house of ill fame" within 400 yards of a church or school.
  • It is illegal to drive a camel down the highway.
  • In Las Vegas it is illegal to pawn your own dentures.
  • It is illegal to conceal a spray-painted shopping cart in your basement.
  • In Nyala, a man is forbodden from buying drinks for more than three people other than himself at any one period during the day.
  • In Reno, it is illegal to lie down on the sidewalk.
  • In Elko, everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask.
  • Back in the old days, a man caught beating his wife was tied to a stake for eight hours a day with a sign that read 'Wife Beater' fastened to his chest.


Lake Mead Nevada

Lake Mead Nevada

Nevada Fun Facts and Trivia

  • The ghost town of Rhyolite still pays homage to early poneers and their dreams. Remains of the depot, glass house, and other buildings are on display.
  • Nevada takes its name from the Spanish word meaning snow-clad.
  • A 1910 law made it illegal to gamble in Las Vegas. In 1931, a gambling bill was approved that made gambling legal again.
  • Nevada is the only state to possess a complete skeleton - approximately 55 feet long - of an ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile.
  • Nevada has the lowest percentage of native born residents. Only 1 out of every 5 Nevada residents were born in the state.
  • Nevada is the largest gold-producing state is the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
  • In 1966, Howard Hughes begins his infamous stay at the Desert Inn. By 1968, Hughes purchases the Desert Inn after being asked to leave by the Hotel Management.
  • From 1990 to 1998 the Las Vegas population grew by 55%.
  • In 1899 Charles Fey invented a slot machine named the Liberty Bell. The device became the model for all the slots to follow.
  • Wyatt Earp started his career as a law man as sherrif of Tonopah.
  • The first recorded white men in the Elko area were fur trappers who trapped beaver in the area starting in 1828.
  • Bugsy Siegel named his Las Vegas casino "The Flamingo" for the long legs of his showgirl sweetheart, Virginia Hill.
  • The longest running show in Las Vegas is the Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. It opened in 1959.Nevada is the only state with an entire museum devoted to the life and times of Liberace.Cmaels were used as pack animals in Nevada as late as 1870Shrimp consumption in Las Vegas is more than 60,000 pounds per day - higher than the rest of the country combined.
  • Approximately 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day.
  • The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino opened in 1906, making it the first hotel and casino to open in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.
  • Pershing County located in Cowboy Country features the only round courthouse in the nation.
  • The only Nevada Lake with an outlet to the sea, Lake Mead, is man-made.
  • The Dunes, demolished in 1993, was the first resort to feature topless showgirls in a show called Minsky's Follies.
  • The Stratosphere is the tallest, free-standing, observation tower in the US and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi.
  • 80% of all visitors to Las Vegas are return visitors and average two trips per year.
  • 44% of all visitors to Las Vegas arrive by air and 43% arrive by car.
  • 89% of all visitors to Las Vegas gamble with an average gambling budget of $500.
  • Over 38.9 million people visit Las Vegas each year.
  • Nevada is the only state in America with legalized prostitution.
  • Gambling is Nevada's prime source of income, averaging around 75% of the states annual revenue. Mining is the second source, tourism the third.
  • 17 of the 20 biggest hotels in the US are located in Las Vegas.
  • Nevada has a total of 315 countd mountain ranges, making Nevada the most mountainous state in the US.
  • Nevada has more open space than any other place in the lower 48 states. Over 80% of Nevada's land is designated for public and recreational use.
  • Locals use terms like The Sagebrush State, The Silver State, and The Battle Born State as nicknames for Nevada.
  • Frank Sinatra once owned the Cal-Neva at Lake Tahoe's Crystal Bay. It is possible to stand in both California and Nevada inside Cal-Neva's building.
  • Nevada tribes include Shoshone, Washo, and Paiute. Tribal lands have been used in such films as "Misery" and "The Greastest Story Ever Told".
  • The gross gaming revenue of Las Vegas is estimated to be over 7.4 billion dollars.
  • It would take 288 years for a person to spend one night in each hotel room in Las Vegs.
  • Nevada was made famous by the discovery of the Comstock Lode, the richest known US silver deposit, in 1859.

Red Rock, Valley of Fire, Nevada

Red Rock, Valley of Fire, Nevada

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Susan Hazelton


ggre on January 05, 2016:

I just wanted info for my state project

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on May 11, 2013:

bj lan, I'm glad you found it useful.

bj lan on May 09, 2013:

Cool facts for my project!!!!!!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on March 22, 2012:

Peggy W, I wondered about the tax thing myself. My guess would be yeas they do pay taxex. After all the government lets them make money I sure they make sure they get their part of it somehow. Not being cynical, just realistic.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2012:

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I found all of the facts and trivia regarding Nevada quite interesting. I did not realize that prostitution was legal anywhere in the U.S. Wonder if it is taxed? One of the funniest laws is this one in my opinion: "•It is illegal to conceal a spray-painted shopping cart in your basement." Who is going to police that one? Ha! Enjoyed this one as I am all of yours in this series. Up votes! :)

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on January 29, 2011:

amy, I think there are many of us that like that wife beater law. I think it might be a great deturent. We may laugh at some of the old laws but in a weird sort of way they worked. Thanks for visiting.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on January 29, 2011:

Hi Ingenira, nice to hear from you. It is a lot of people. I hope they stay that way, married that is.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on January 28, 2011:

gr8tobme, the fact htat Nevada has no state income tax is an interesting facts. Thanks for visiting. Have a good move.

amybradley77 on January 27, 2011:

I'm also a big fan of the wife beater law from Vegas, I believe this really does need to be put into use Nationwide. Thanks for doing this, funny and educational! A.B.

Ingenira on January 27, 2011:

These are funny and interesting. 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day, that is a lot !

gr82bme from USA on January 27, 2011:

Nevada also has no state income tax.That is why I am moving there. I was also born there and can not wait to go back. Thank you for the fun facts.

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Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on January 26, 2011:

CennyWenny, I'm for that - legalizing the wife beating law nation wide. It's had to find any income these days, let alone disposable. Thanks for visiting.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on January 26, 2011:

I find them interesting dahoglund. I'm not quite sure why, I guess some of the old laws kind of tickle my funny cone.

CennyWenny from Washington on January 26, 2011:

I'm a big fan of the wife-beating law. Can we enact that nation-wide? I only visited Vegas as a kid but I would LOVE to go back as an adult. Unfortunately though it's going to have to wait until the words "disposable income" re-enter my vocabulary. Plus, I've never even seen the Grand Canyon!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on January 26, 2011:

The oddities of states and localities are always interesting.

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