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Las Vegas

Nevada is a State covering 286 298 km2 (110 540 sq miles) largely of desert and mountains, to the east of California, most of it more than 1000 m (3280 ft) above sea level. Ranching, dairying and sheep raising are the main types of farming, which is largely confined to the Still Water Reservoir area and the Colorado and Humboldt River valleys. Copper, gold, mercury, silver, manganese and iron ore are the main minerals. Tourism is another source of income, particularly in LAS VEGAS and RENO.

CARSON CITY is the state capital. Some 100 km (60 miles) north-west of Las Vegas is the USA\'s nuclear weapons test site.

Carson City USA

Capital of Nevada, standing in the south-west of the state only 20 km (12 miles) from the border with California. The city takes its name from \'Kit\' Carson (1809-68), a frontiersman who helped to open up the Wild West, and was a distinguished soldier in the Civil War (1861-5). The city is a popular tourist centre for gambling and the nearby mountains and lakes.

The most famous city in Nevada is Las Vegas. Las Vegas is a Gamblers\' paradise in the desert in the extreme southeast of Nevada. It began as a Mormon settlement in 1855-7 and was re-established in 1905 as a small agricultural town. But because of the state\'s liberal gaming laws it soon became world famous for its casinos, nightclubs and entertainment.

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Gardnerville, small town in the high desert of northern Nevada! South of Carson City and Reno, East of lake Tahoe. Best town feature: the Mountains!!! The weather varies greatly and people are very friendly. Every one knows each other and there are great sports and community programs

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