Many historical events have taken place in Nevada. Fortunately, several historical landmarks are scattered throughout Nevada that allow us to learn all about the state’s history. Sure, reading about Nevada’s historical events and/or landmarks in a book is always an option, but nothing compares to seeing an actual landmark up close and in person. Listed below are 10 historical landmarks in Nevada that are definitely worth visiting.
1. Fort Churchill - Silver Springs, NV
Fort Churchill was named after Sylvester Churchill, Inspector General of the U.S. Army. The fort's construction began on July 20, 1860 and was completed in 1861. Fort Churchill's main purpose was to provide protection for early settlers and the mail route along the Pony Express. This historic landmark was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 5, 1961.
2. East Ely Depot - Ely, NV
East Ely Depot, which was built in 1907, served passengers on the Nevada Northern Railway. This historic depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
3. Hoover Dam - Boulder City, NV
Hoover Dam was built during the Great Depression (1931-1936). An estimated 20,000 vehicles drive across Hoover Dam each day, and it receives more than one million visitors each year. Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark on August 20,1985.
4. Nevada State Capitol - Carson City, NV
The Nevada State Capitol, which was built during the years 1869-1871, is the capitol building of the U.S. state of Nevada. This historic landmark was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 10, 1975.
5. Stokes Castle - Austin, NV
Stokes Castle, a three-story stone tower, was built by Anson Phelps Stokes, a mine developer, railroad magnate and banker. The castle's construction began in 1896 and ended in 1897. Stokes Castle was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 2003.
6. Virginia City Historic District - Virginia City, NV
The Virginia City Historic District is a National Historic Landmark that surrounds the former mining villages of Virginia City, Gold Hill, Dayton and Silver City. The Virginia City Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
7. Ward Charcoal Ovens - Ely, NV
The Ward Charcoal Ovens, six beehive-shaped historic charcoal ovens, are the best preserved of their kind in Nevada and were added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 28, 1971.
8. Francis G. Newlands Home - Reno, NV
The Francis G. Newlands Home is the former mansion of U.S. Senator Francis G. Newlands and was the first mansion built on a bluff in Reno, overlooking the Truckee River. This historic home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Keep in mind, the Francis G. Newlands Home is privately owned and not open to the public.
9. Las Vegas Mormon Fort - Las Vegas, NV
The Las Vegas Mormon Fort was the first structure built in the same area that would become Las Vegas 50 years later. This historic landmark was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 1, 1972.
10. Lovelock Cave - Lovelock, NV
Lovelock Cave is approximately 150 feet long and 35 feet wide. It's one of the most important sites of the Great Basin region, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 1984.
Have you visited any of these historical landmarks? What other historical landmarks in Nevada would you suggest visiting?