Once a part of the Utah territory, Nevada had joined the United States of America as the 36th state on the 31st of October, in 1861. The state of Nevada is a large area and within the US, it is the seventh largest state in terms of area. The dry mountainous state of Nevada has the highest number of hilltops to its credit. The separation of Nevada from the Utah territory was brought on due to the rising conflicts and incidents of violence among the Mormons in greater Utah and the others in Nevada on 2nd March, 1861.
Nevada became a state of the United States of America at a time when President Lincoln was competing in a Presidential Election. The granting of Nevada’s statehood was seen as a political move by Lincoln to gain the favor of the large state’s population and thus get a step ahead of his opponents. The move was indeed a clever one because when the time came, Abraham Lincoln won the Presidential Election of 1864 convincingly. Another possible reason as to why Nevada attained statehood with such ease and speed might be related to the fact that the US government needed money to fight the Civil War and the knowledge that there was an abundance of silver in Nevada, might have tipped the scale. The same theory also criticizes the federal government as many believe that acquiring the land for the government was the main objective behind adding Nevada as a state. The allegation actually seems feasible once you realize that roughly 80 percent of the total landmass in Nevada is under the control of the federal government.
The land is used by the US government for military purposes from the time it was claimed and houses the famous (or infamous) “Area 51” on Groom Lake. The secrecy regarding Area 51 in Nevada have given rise to many theories about what actually goes on in the secret military camp. From the U-2 and the Blackbird project to nuclear experiments, Nevada has been the state of military experimentation for a long time now.