For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing Nevada trivia
questions to help pass the time while we’re all staying in place (or should the
order be lifted, to at least see how well you know the Silver State).
The questions will appear first, followed by the answers.
Now, let’s see how well you know your state.
- What does the word, “Nevada,”
- Where in Nevada do three
U.S. highways meet?
- Where is the only wooden
courthouse still in use in Nevada?
- What is the longest road in
- What is the only city in
Nevada where gambling is illegal?
- What two Nevada communities
operate on Mountain Standard Time rather than Pacific Standard Time like the
rest of the state?
- What famous 19th century inventor/engineer/architect was raised in Carson City?
- Where is the geographic
center of Nevada?
- What is the only city in
Nevada named after a Native American?
famous 19th century American humorist started his writing career in Virginia City?
- The state’s name translates
as “snow-capped” in Spanish. Although the driest American state, Nevada
includes the Sierra Nevada Range (Spanish for “snow-capped mountains”).
- U.S Highways 50, 93, and 6,
all intersect in the eastern Nevada community of Ely.
- The final wooden hall of
justice in the state still in use is the Churchill County Courthouse in Fallon,
built in 1903.
- U.S. Highway 95 is the
state’s longest road. It stretches some 665 miles from McDermitt, on the
Nevada-Oregon border, to the southern tip of the state at a point about 70
miles south of Las Vegas, where the highway enters California.
- Since 1931, when gambling
was legalized, it has been prohibited in Boulder City. Federal officials
developing the community for the workers on Hoover Dam, expressed banned
gambling and the sale of alcohol in order to maintain worker productivity.
Liquor finally became legal in 1969 but so far, no gambling.
- The two are Jackpot, on the
Nevada-Idaho border, and Wendover, on the Nevada-Utah boundary line.
- George Washington Gale
Ferris Jr., inventor of the Ferris Wheel, lived in a house at 311 West Third
Street in Carson City during his boyhood years. His father worked as a
horticulturist in the Capital City and planted many of the trees on the grounds
of the state capital.
- The geographic center of
the state is located at a spot about 25 miles southeast of Austin in the
Monitor Valley. A sign marks the location.
- That would be Winnemucca,
named by the Central Pacific Railroad in 1868 to honor the great Northern
Paiute leader, Chief Winnemucca, who traditionally lived in the area. The
community had originally been known as French Ford.
Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, began his writing career at
Virginia City’s Territorial Enterprise newspaper in September 1862. He began
using his famous pen name in January 1863. There are several origins of his
pseudonym, including a number of different explanations by Twain himself. Many
historians, however, believe it was derived from the unique shorthand for
keeping track of drinks bought on credit at a Virginia City bar. Apparently,
when someone would buy two drinks on credit, the bartender would “mark twain”
on the wall.
writes about the places and people that make Nevada special.