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New York Times News of Nevada Statehood

In 1864, when Nevada was admitted to the Union, the news made the front page of the New York Herald.  The New York Times also wrote about the event.  It was not, however, front page news in that paper.  The Times tucked the article away on page four--in a column that followed an article about the news of the rebellion, referring to the Civil War, and the news from Europe.
The President has issued a proclamation, agreeably to an act passed in the last session of Congress, declaring the admission of Nevada into the Union as a State.  By the last census Nevada had a population of only about twenty-six thousand, two-thirds of whom were Indians; but the great increase of the population of the territory, and its great growth in wealth, has taken place within the last six, indeed within the last four years.  Silver was discovered there in great abundance and purity, and the mining of it became the great interest and industry of the region.  As California lay directly west of Nevada, Utah north of it, and Colorado to its eastward, it at once secured from these regions, and particularly from California, vast numbers of emigrants acquainted with mining.  Our readers must remember the intense excitement which prevailed on the Pacific coast four years ago about the "Washoe" silver region, which was the first profitable mining done in what now constitutes the State of Nevada.  Various fortunes waited on the territory and on its mining prospects; but it has grown with unprecedented rapidity--distancing completely all the contiguous territories.

The President, in admitting Nevada as a State into the Union, has but recognized the operation of the last act of congress, which made provision for its admission upon its forming a constitution and complying with the other demands for such cases made and provided.

Reader: Senator Valerie Weiner

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