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Nevada Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 3, 2023

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Nevada ranks 45th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Nevada is a state in the United States of America located in the American Mountains. It is also in the Southwest region. Nevada is some 111 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 3 million people. The state is divided into 17 counties and an independent city and all of them have entries in this database. In Nevada we have discovered historical markers in 117 cities and towns lying in 109 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 919 historical markers in Nevada, by our count. We have cataloged 896 historical markers and nine war memorials—each individually presented on 906 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 23 historical markers in Nevada that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Nevada marker in the database, Avenue of Flags, was added April 29, 2006. It was photographed in Laughlin in Clark County and was erected in 1992. The last one added was submitted on December 30, 2022, and titled Suffrage Leader. It is in Tonopah in Nye County and had been erected in 2019. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Nevada was erected in 1863. It was this one: John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson, and one of our correspondents found it in Genoa in Douglas County on July 11, 2009.

Nevada Historical Topics
345 • Settlements and Settlers
279 • Industry and Commerce
138 • Roads and Vehicles
78 • Railroads and Streetcars
71 • Communications
56 • Architecture
55 • Native Americans
45 • Notable Buildings
41 • Natural Resources
38 • Education
    ... and others ...

Nevadans don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Nevada about Settlements and Settlers—345 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 279 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was Friday’s Added Station, added July 12, 2006. It had been erected in 2004 in Glenbrook in Douglas County. The last one submitted was submitted on November 24, 2022, and titled Nevada Brewery. It had been erected in 1971 in Virginia City in Storey County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1863. It is John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson, found in Genoa in Douglas County on July 11, 2009.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Nevada? What we know is that Hoover Dam and Lake Mead is the most viewed entry in the database from Nevada since it was added in 2007. It is located near Boulder City in Clark County. This year so far, the most viewed Nevadan entry is located in Las Vegas in Clark County. It is The Wengert Mansion.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Nevada county or independent city with the most historical markers listed in this database is Clark County, with 180 of them. It is followed by Storey County with 95 markers. The Las Vegas area of Clark County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 68. In Storey County the area with the most markers, 85, is Virginia City.

Historical Markers in These
Nevada Counties and an independent city
180 • Clark County
95 • Storey County
91 • Washoe County
87 • Douglas County
73 • Nye County
60 • Elko County
51 • Carson City
47 • Lyon County
41 • Churchill County
34 • Lincoln County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Nevada with the most markers we again find Virginia City at the top of the list with 85 markers in or near it. And Las Vegas also shows up again in next place, with 68 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 89440 at the top of the list with 93 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 89440 is assigned to Virginia City NV including the Gold Hill delivery area.) It is followed by ZIP Code 89101 with 45 markers. (89101 is assigned to Las Vegas NV.)

Historical Markers Near These
Nevada Cities and Towns
85 • Virginia City
68 • Las Vegas
51 • Carson City
40 • Reno
32 • Fallon
32 • Tonopah
30 • Genoa
29 • Elko
26 • Gardnerville
23 • Austin
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Clark County, the first marker added to the database from there, Avenue of Flags, was added April 29, 2006, and was also the first one submitted in all of Nevada. It was erected in 1992 in Laughlin. The last one submitted was uploaded on December 29, 2022, and is titled Votes for Women and was erected in 2019, in Las Vegas. One of the earliest marker erected in Clark County that we have listed was erected in 1935. More than one was erected that year. This is one of them: They Laboured that Millions might see a Brighter Day, found in Hoover Dam on June 25, 2007.

Latest entry from Nevada. Click to go there
By Joanne Goodwin, July 28, 2019
Latest Entry from Nevada
“Suffrage Leader”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Virginia City. The first: First Presbyterian Church, was added August 10, 2009. The last: Nevada Brewery added on November 24, 2022. It had been erected in 1971. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1930: Captain Edward Faris Storey, added on August 29, 2009.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers state-wide in Nevada today but the Nevada State Park System was once responsible for erecting the familiar silver plaque attached to an outline of Nevada. They erected their first marker in 1967, and we have 116 of their markers in the database.

In addition, E Clampus Vitus—not government affiliated—also erected numerous historical markers in Nevada, and we have 280 of their Nevada markers in the database. Also, a number of counties and an independent city have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some other cities and towns.

Latest entry from Nevada. Click to go there
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 11, 2017
A Nevada State Park System Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Nevada have been marked with history. Check out Esmeralda County, Pershing County and Mineral County. We've only found, respectively, 20, 14, and 14 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Nevada might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 3, 2023