On this the 150th Anniversary of Nevada becoming a state in the USA I will tell you why Home Means NEVADA To Me!
Remember last year in November when I had my Thirty Days of Thanks? I shared my love for Nevada and the lyrics to our famous Home Means Nevada song, in a post. It’s still one of my very favorite songs and I get chills of great pride every time I hear it. I have such fond memories of singing it every day at school as a child. The test of a true Nevadan is whether or not they can sing the lyrics of the Nevada State song by heart. The test of a true Nevadan child is whether or not they know why they get October 31st off of school. As a young child you just think that everyone gets it off for Halloween, but you soon grow up and realize that there is so much more to that day. October 31st is the day that Nevada became a State. This year on October 31, 2014 we celebrate the 150th year of Statehood for Nevada. Looking back at the history of this young State so much has changed but in some ways not much has changed at all.
I have so many things to be thankful for and Nevada is definitely one of them. A state that is rich in it’s history of the pioneering spirit. My connection to Nevada runs deep with me being a sixth generation Las Vegan. My own family history dates back to the 1800’s here in Nevada, having many relatives who had a part in it’s growing up to become a state. I have many relatives and great grandmothers and great grandfathers and on and on who all did their part. One who ran the mines in Northern Nevada. One who was the first person to issue a gaming license in Nevada. One who was the first official to survey the land here in Nevada. One who owned the first airport in Las Vegas, whose land then became part of the now famous Fremont Street. I have two relatives that have schools in Las Vegas named after them. My grandfather was the Registrar of Voters here in Las Vegas for many years. The list goes on and on. My heart is happy just thinking about those in my family who went before me and led such a great path for my family here in Nevada.
I love living in Nevada and enjoying all of the beauty that this State has to offer me. The desert, and surrounding areas, have a beauty all it’s own that can’t be matched. I am reminded of that every time I take a drive up to Red Rock Canyon and see people who came from far across the world just to see the wonder of it all. I am amazed at what our little State did out in Boulder City many years ago when they built one of the man-made wonders of the World in The Hoover Dam. There are so many things to see here and so many outdoor places to explore in this great State of Nevada.
I will tell you right now that some of the best people in the World live right here in Nevada too! Nevada was considered the Wild West, the land of opportunity, and that way of thinking has brought us so many new residents over the years. You wouldn’t believe how small this place was when I was growing up as a child in the 1970’s. I hear stories of it being even smaller from my parents and grandparents and even great grandparents before them. We native Nevadans have become fewer in number, as we welcome so many to become new residents in our great State. We also continue to carry on that friendliness that our ancestors before us had. Nevada was a giant rest stop for those who were heading West to find gold so many years ago. Maybe that’s why we are such a hospitable State too. That spirit has been passed down for generations and will always been a part of who we are. So 150 years later instead of being just a rest stop on the way to California during the Gold Rush, we have become one of the top vacation destinations of the World. Nevada is now a permanent home to so many who have a special place in their heart for this great State, almost as much as the native Nevadans do. I enjoy seeing how happy others are to call Nevada home, but know that they will never truly love it as much as I do.
Happy Birthday Nevada! 150 looks great on you!