Nevada 1859 - 1905 Dominique Jones EDUC 6662
Nevada Grows & Changes 1859 Silver discovered in Virginia City, Nevada 1863 Nevada’s First Constitution is Written. Several months later a second constitution was written.
Nevada Becomes A State October 31, 1864 1864 Nevada voters helped me get re-elected after becoming our nation’s 36th state
Nevada Continues to Grow & Change 1905 Las Vegas begins to form from auctioned land 1865 I, William M. Stewart, became Nevada’s first senator 1869 The Transcontinental Railroad is complete.
With the discovery of new minerals and depletion of old ones, Nevada’s population continued to rise and fall. Source: U.S. Census
In addition to the major happenings in Nevada, some smaller things were happening as well. Check them out below. • New mining towns were popping up • Nevada gains more land • Ranching becomes more important • Basque immigrants settle in Nevada • Women were fighting for the right to vote • Las Vegas gets its first school
Noteworthy people of the time Hannah K. Clapp 1824-1908 Hannah opened a school in Carson City called the Sierra Seminary. She was very involved in education, later becoming the first professor of English and History for the University of Nevada, Reno, as well as a librarian. She also supported women’s rights. William M. Stewart 1825-1909 William’s interest in mining is what brought him West. He was a mining lawyer and later became Nevada’s first United State’s senator. He helped write the 15th Amendment, which gave men of all races the right to vote.
The Boom Runs Out The end of the 19th century was particularly hard for Nevadan’s. The mines were drying up and people were moving out to find work in other areas. Economic hardships from mining to ranching were felt. The state needed to find a way to bring new jobs and build up it’s failing economy. With the beginning of the 20th century just around the corner, Nevada would be faced with a new set of challenges.
References • Hannah K. Clapp photograph • http://www.unr.edu/sb204/theatre/clapp4.html • Goldfield Photograph • Larson, P.E. General View of the Mohawk Mine, Goldfield, Nevada. C1906. Panoramic Photographs from the Library of Congress, American Memory. Library of Congress. 31 July 2007 < http://tinyurl.com/yutau2 > • William M. Stewart Photograph • http://www.twainquotes.com/SenatorStewart.html • Las Vegas Land Auction Photograph retrieved July 29, 2007 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas Special Collections. Permission to use photo granted. • http://tinyurl.com/29g9nb