“Home Means Nevada” is the state song, which was written by Bertha Raffetto and was declared the official state song in 1933. The name Nevada originates from the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, which means “snow-capped mountain range” in Spanish.
Nevada is the next stop in the United States of Energy data series ranking number 30 in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $12.36 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants include coal, natural gas, and potential for renewable energy with geothermal. In fact, Nevada has large geothermal resources and is second only to California in the generation of electricity from geothermal energy.
Did you know? A slot machine, the Liberty Bell, was invented in 1899 by Charles Fey, which became the model for all slot machines to follow.
Although Virginia City is the home of the Nevada Gambling Museum, Las Vegas has become the vacation destination for partying and gambling in Nevada. Gambling was legalized in Las Vegas in 1931. In 2011, more than 368 million people visited the city, compared to 6.7 million people visiting the city in 1970.
Energy fun fact: Las Vegas uses 5,600MW on a summer day and is expected to use 8,000MW by 2015.
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