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State of Oregon

Oregon, United States of America
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Oregon is also known as the “Beaver State”. The earliest known use of the name “Oregon” was spelled as “Ouragon” by Major Robert Rogers in his 1765 petition to the Kingdom of Great Britain referring to the Columbia River which was seen as the mythical River of the West. It was in 1778 that the current spelling became “Oregon”. Oregon’s capital is Salem and its largest city is Portland. It has a population of approximately 3,831,074 (2010 Census). Its highest point is “Mount Hood” at 11,249 feet above sea level and its lowest point is sea level on the Pacific Ocean. Located at the southern end of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on its West, State of Washington to its North, California to its south, and Nevada and Idaho on the East. The main waterways/rivers through the state are the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Oregon had an aboriginal inhabitation for almost 15,000 years, with European settlers arriving as traders, explorers, and settlers by 1843 when it was called “The Oregon Territory”. The first Europeans to come to Oregon were the Spanish in the late 17th Century. The British Captain James Cook explored the coast in 1778 while searching for the Northwest Passage. This was also a Quest of the Lewis and Clark Expedition who built their winter fort at Fort Clatsop on the mouth of the Columbia River. By the 16th century, Oregon was home to various tribes including the Bannock, Chasta, Chinook, Molalla, Nez Perce, Klamath, Kalapuya, Takelma, and the Umpqua. Oregon became the USA’s 33rd state being added to the Union on February 14, 1859. By 1811 the Northwest Company, captained by David Thompson, was the first to navigate the entire length of the Columbia River. Oregon’s Willamette River valley is its most densely populated area and home to 8 of the 10 most populated Oregon cities. Continue reading State of Oregon

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West Wendover, Nevada

West Wendover, Nevada, USA:
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As you enter Nevada coming from Salt Lake City, Utah – the first town you see in Nevada travelling along I-80 is West Wendover making it a very popular hotspot for the loose laws of Nevada with ever-flowing alcohol 24 hours a day and gambling casinos supporting one’s habits that have been squashed when staying in conservative Utah. It is a small town with just under 5,000 inhabitants (2000 census was 4,721) and sits on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake Desert and is contiguous with Wendover, Utah that it is often confused with. It is Nevada’s only official city to observe Mountain Time Zone (though Jackpot, Nevada unofficially does) as part of its ties with Wendover, Utah. Wendover Nevada is prosperous due to the gambling while Wendover Utah is decaying in crumbles with almost no business tax base. Residents in both cities have voted to annex Wendover into Nevada but such has had a permanent halt by the politicians of Wendover Utah who disagree even though the states of Utah and Nevada as well as the Federal government endorse the idea.

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State of Nevada, USA

Nevada, United States of America:

Nevada is an atypical “Wild West” state of the U.S. that still embraces its history and outlaw appeal with legalized gambling, prostitution, lenient marriage and divorces, and rustic liberal freedoms. The term “Nevada” comes from the Spanish term meaning “snow covered” after the “snow covered mountains” a.k.a. the Sierra Nevada mountain range that is an integral part of the state. The area now known as Nevada was originally inhabited by the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes prior to European contact. Originally claimed by Spain as part of Alta California until the Mexican War of Independence placed it under Mexican control. The U.S. gained the terrority in 1848 after victory in the Mexican-American War and was eventually incorporated under the Utah Territory in 1850. The Nevada Territory separated from the Utah Territory on March 2, 1861 due to conflicts between non-Mormons and Mormons especiall after the Mountain Meadows massacre of 1857 and the Utah War following it. Nevada became the U.S.’s 36th state in 1864. Nevada was dominated by the mining industry until the late 19th century. Nevada moved from its mining industry into gambling, gaming, and labor as early as 1909 though gaming was banned until 1931 but became a focal point for Las Vegas. Nevada however is still the fourth largest gold producer in the world. 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, in 1951, came the establishment of the Nevada Test Site for the testing of nuclear weapons. The first test was a 1 kiloton of TNT bomb dropped on January 27, 1951. The last atmospheric test was done on July 17, 1962 when testing went underground until September 23, 1992. This locale is best known for the highest concentration of nuclear-detonated weapons in the United States. The Federal government owns over 80% of the state. The remainder of the state had pioneers, homesteaders, and settlers establish their homes near water sources and habitable land. As odd as it would seem since Nevada is quite libertarian with gaming, gambling, and prostitution, it is a very harsh state on non-alcohol drug use. It is the state known for having the harshest penalties for drug offenders in the country. This recently changed in 2006 when voters made it allowable to possess 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use without criminal prosecution and allow its use for medical reasons even though that is still against federal law. Alcohol runs like a river, bars can be open 24 hours a day with no last call and liquor stores, convenience marts, and grocery stores can sell alcohol 24 hours a day. Nevada did enact a smoking ban with the national “Clean Indoor Air Acts” that spread across the U.S. and was effecive December 8, 2006 outlawing smoking in workplaces and public areas. However, smoking is still allowed in bars that do not serve food, and permitted in casinos, hotel rooms, brothels, and tobacco shops. For the last five years, Nevada has been ranked as the most dangerous state in the United States just above Louisiana with a 24% higher crime rate than the national average placing it highest for robbery and motor vehicle theft and 3rd in highest murder rate. Nevada is primarily mostly desert and semi-arid climate regions with summer temperatures as high as 125 degrees Fahrenheit and evening winter temperatures as low as negative 50 degrees. Average rainfall is roughly 7 inches though some areas of the state can achieve 40. Nevada’s capital city is Carson City and the entire state boasts about a 2.7 million population with most of it located in Las Vegas. Nevada is bordered to the west by California, to the north by Oregon and Idaho, to the South by Arizona, to the East by Utah, and the Southeast by New Mexico.

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    References:

  • Baurley, Thomas 2015 Alternative America: Travel Guide to the U.S.A. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • McGowan, Leaf 2015 Magical America. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States referenced 8/16/15.

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State of Idaho

Idaho, United States of America
www.idaho.gov

Idaho, “The Potato State” is also called the “Spud Government” and the “Gem State”. Its name may have the result of a hoax, the “Idahoax” which is disputed. However its true name’s origin is unknown. Some say “Idaho” came from the Shoshone language as meaning “the sun comes from the mountains” or “the gem of the mountains”. It may have derived from the Apache word “idaahe” which means “enemy”. The Capital of Idaho is Boise, which is its largest city. Its highest elevation is “Borah Peak” at 12,662 feet above sea level. It’s Lowest point is the “Snake River” at 710 feet above sea level. Idaho was the 43rd state to become part of the Union on July 3, 1890. Idaho has plains and mountainous terrain. It hosts some of the Rocky Mountains. It is home to Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in the United States, through which the waters of the Snake River run. Shoshone Falls fall from a height greater than that of Niagra Falls. Idaho is home to the Snake River, the Clark Ford/Pend Oreille River, the Clearwater River, Coeur d’Alene River, the Spokane River, the Boise River, the Payette River, and the Salmon River. It is the 14th largest state (acreage) in the United States. It is surrounded by Washington and Oregon to the West, Nevada and Utah to the South, Wyoming and Utah to the East, Montana and British Columbia to the North. 60% of Idaho is held by either the National Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. Idaho is nicknamed the Gem state because almost every gemstone found in the world is found in Idaho. Idaho is also one of the only two places in the world where star garnets can be found (the only other place is in the Himalayas of India). It is also the only place that the six pointed star garnets have been found. Besides gemstones, Idaho is very important for agriculture, food processing, potatoes, wheat, lumber, chemicals, paper, electronics manufacture, silver, mining, science, technology, and tourism.

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    References:
  • Baurley, Thomas 2015 Alternative America: Travel Guide to the U.S.A. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • McGowan, Leaf 2015 Magical America. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States referenced 8/16/15.

 

 

 

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State of Utah, USA



Utah, United States of America
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Utah is known as the “Beehive State” as well as the “Mormon State”. The name “Utah” comes from the name of the Ute Tribe meaning “People of the Mountains”. Its largest city is “Salt Lake City”. The State is ranked the 13th largest in the state. Wyoming has a population of roughly 2,763, 885 (2010 Census). Its highest point is “Kings Peak” at 13,528 feet above sea level. Its lowest point is “Beaver Dam Wash” at 2,000 feet above sea level. It was admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896 as the 45th State. Belonging to the Western United States, its populations are primarily around Salt Lake City with much of the rest of the state as uninhabited. Its population is the sixth most urbanized in the United States as well as one of the fastest growing populations. Utah is notorious for its information technology, research, governmental services, transportation, tourism, and mining. Utah is bordered by Wyoming on the Northeast, Colorado on the East, Arizona to the South, Idaho on the North, and Nevada on the West, with a small corner next to New Mexico. Utah is the most religiously homogeneous state in the Union with over 60% of its population as Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints or the LDS Mormon Church).

Utah was originally populated by the Fremont and Anasazi Native American tribes for thousands of years prior to European contact. Ute-Aztecs, Anasazi, and Fremont tribes disappeared from the region around the 15th century. The Navajo, the Goshute, the Paiute, the Shoshone, and the Ute settled the region by the 18th century and were the ones present by the time Europeans came to the region. By 1540, the Spanish explored the region beginning with expeditions by Francisco V’squez de Coronado during his search for the legendary C’bola. The Dominguez-Escalante Expedition of several Catholic Priests left Santa Fe in 1776 hoping to find a way to California through Utah. By 1821 Mexico achieved its independence from Spain and took over the region as part of Alta California. By the 19th century the area was explored by hunters, trappers, and fur traders. The first white person to come to the region and see the Great Salt Lake was Jim Bridger in 1824 who had believed he had reached the Pacific Ocean. After this, hundreds of hunters, traders, and trappers established trading posts in the region to service thousands of settlers who stopped at the Lakes enroute west to California. In 1844, Joseph Smith of the Mormons passed away in Carthage Illinois, triggering an enormous migration of Mormon pioneers out west following Brigham Young, the then president of the Church of Latter Day Saints. For the next 22 years, over 70,000 pioneers came to Utah. Utah became the center for Mormon activity in the West which included Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, California, Canada, and Mexico. Utah belonged to Mexico when the first settlers came through in 1847. During the Mexican-American War the U.S. captured the whole Southwest taking over the territory in 1848. Utah was given with the Compromise of 1850 with Fillmore as the capital. It was at this time that the region was named “Utah” after the Utes. Salt Lake City replaced Fillmore as Capital in 1856. After all this, numerous disputes between the U.S. Government and the Mormons over polygamy while the Mormons were pushing the establishment of the State of Deseret which would not be accepted due to practice of plural marriage. This eventually led to the infamous Utah War as well as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The First Transcontinental Telegraph was completed in 1861 and was finalized in Salt Lake City with Brigham Young becoming the first to send a message on it along with Abraham Lincoln. In 1861 Federal troops left Utah to focus on the American Civil War and left in the hands of the LDS until Patrick Connor arrived with a regiment of volunteers from California in 1862 bringing more non-Mormons to the area and developing the mining industry. 1865 saw the Black Hawk War which was responded to by the infamous Ghost Dance of 1872. This was a three-way conflict between the Timpanogos Utes, the Federal Government of the United States, and the LDS Authorities. By 1869 the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed and brought more into the area. From the 1870-1880’s the U.S. established laws to punish practitioners of polygamy which in result was banned by the LDS Church. This allowed Utah to be accepted into statehood on January 4, 1896. Tourism based on outdoor recreation became very popular in the region with the development of Utah’s National Parks such as Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands in the 1900’s. By 1939 Skiing became very popular with its start in the Alta Ski Resort. Utah economy relies on mining, oil shale, oil, and natural gas-drilling, ranching, and recreation. Utah is one of the 15 states that have not ratified the U.S. Equal Rights Amendment. Uah is one of the two states to outlaw all forms of Gambling and strongly controls its alcoholic beverages.


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    References:
  • Baurley, Thomas 2015 Alternative America: Travel Guide to the U.S.A. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • McGowan, Leaf 2015 Magical America. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States referenced 8/16/15.



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