1. Boulder City
Boulder City can thank the Hoover Dam for its founding; the town was built to house the workers who constructed the dam. The town was founded in 1931.
Carlin was founded in 1886, when Chinese railroad workers were trying to complete the transcontinental railroad. Workers and their families settled into the area and planted vegetable gardens. The town was known as Chinese Gardens until it was officially named Carlin after the Civil War General William Passmore Carlin.
3. Carson City
Carson City was founded in 1858 and is named after the frontiersman Kit Carson. Abraham Curry, a pioneer, plotted the town with the intention that it would become the capital city. When Nevada gained statehood in 1864, it was declared the capital, and Curry’s far-sighted vision came to fruition.
When the Central Pacific Railroad came to Nevada, Elko was established as a rail freight town. Elko was the site of the University of Nevada before it moved to Reno, and one of the first female doctors in the state practiced medicine there in the 1880s.
The little town of Ely got its start as a Pony Express stop, then grew more during the copper rush in 1906. The population of the town was around 4,000 people in 2010.
Henderson is one of Nevada’s newer cities, formed during World War II. The Basic Magnesium Plant was built there, and magnesium was a critical metal during the war - 25 percent of all the magnesium used during the war was made in Henderson. Today, it’s one of Nevada’s largest cities, with a population of around 260,000 residents.
When pioneers crossing the desert got to Lovelock, they were pleasantly surprised by the lush, green meadow. It was such a popular stop along the wagon trail that as many as 250 wagons could be seen at any time.
The area where Sparks is now has been inhabited by native people for hundreds of years. European settlers moved into the area in the 1850s. In 1904, the town boomed when the railroad installed a switch yard there. It boomed again in the 1950s, when population overflow from nearby Reno increased building. In the 2010 census, Sparks had around 90,000 residents.
Paiute Chief Winnemucca settled in this area in the mid-1800s. His family learned English and advocated for the fair treatment and education of local Paiute and Shoshone people. The railroad established a station in the town in 1878.
This little town got its start as an agricultural village in the mid-1800s. It got its own post office in 1871. The town was going by the name “Greenfield,” until there was a rumor that the railroad might come through the town, which would bring prosperity to its residents. In order to try to sway the railroad to build a station, citizens voted to change the name to “Yerington,” after the H.M. Yerington - the man who would make the decision. Mr. Yerington did not choose the town named after him as a spot for a rail station, but the name stuck anyway.