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Nevada Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 27, 2020

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Nevada ranks 39th 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 18 of them have entries in this database. In Nevada we have discovered historical markers in 105 cities and towns lying in 105 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in Nevada? There are least 785 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 763 historical markers and seven war memorials—each individually presented on 772 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 22 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.

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 February 16, 2020, and titled The Las Vegas Hard Rock Café Guitar Sign. It is in Las Vegas in Clark County. 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 Categories
283 • Settlements and Settlers
183 • Industry and Commerce
138 • Notable Buildings
105 • Roads and Vehicles
58 • Communications
56 • Notable Places
52 • Railroads and Streetcars
42 • Native Americans
39 • Natural Resources
32 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
    ... and more ...

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—283 of them—than about any other historical category. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 183 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers category was Donald (Don) J. Laughlin, added April 29, 2006. It had been erected in 2003 in Laughlin in Clark County. The last one submitted was submitted on December 23, 2019, and titled The First Drink of Cold Water. It had been erected in Wadsworth in Washoe County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers category 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 172 of them. It is followed by Douglas County with 84 markers. The Las Vegas area of Clark County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 71. In Douglas County the area with the most markers, 28, is Genoa.

Historical Markers in These
Nevada Counties and an independent city
172 • Clark County
84 • Douglas County
84 • Storey County
66 • Washoe County
54 • Elko County
53 • Nye County
37 • Carson City
34 • Lyon County
31 • Lincoln County
28 • Churchill County
    ... and more ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Nevada with the most markers we find Virginia City in Storey County at the top of the list with 76 markers in or near it. And Las Vegas shows up again in next place, with 71 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 89440 at the top of the list with 83 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 39 markers. (89101 is assigned to Las Vegas NV.)

Historical Markers Near These
Nevada Cities and Towns
76 • Virginia City
71 • Las Vegas
37 • Carson City
33 • Reno
28 • Genoa
26 • Gardnerville
25 • Elko
23 • Boulder City
22 • Minden
22 • Winnemucca
    ... and more ...

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—also the last one submitted in all of Nevada—was uploaded on February 16, 2020, and is titled The Las Vegas Hard Rock Café Guitar Sign, in Las Vegas. The earliest marker erected in Clark County that we have listed was erected in 1935. It was 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 Douglass Halvorsen, January 31, 2020
Latest Entry from Nevada
“The Las Vegas Hard Rock Café Guitar Sign”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Virginia City. The first: First Presbyterian Church, was added August 10, 2009. The last: The Jewish Cemetery - Virginia City 1862 added on May 25, 2019. It had been erected in 2015. 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 114 of their markers in the database.

In addition, E Clampus Vitus—not government affiliated—also erected numerous historical markers in Nevada, and we have 227 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 Mineral County, Pershing County and . We've only found, respectively, 12, 5, and 1 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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