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The Landscape
Territory & Statehood

Statehood's progress

In 1864, when the Territory of Nevada became the State of Nevada, the boundaries of the state were those shown in the map here.

The shape of the new state changed in 1866. Nevada acquired part of the land of Utah territory when the eastern boundary of Nevada was moved one degree of longitude.

By 1867 the shape of Nevada was the same as it is today. The southern boundary of the state extended to the Colorado River. At the time it was added the southern landscape was undeveloped and sparsely settled. It would eventually become a very important portion of the Nevada landscape. Clark County was in that area, and the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, and Mesquite would develop in that southern section of Nevada.

The changes in the size and shape of Nevada, in both the territorial period and as a state, almost doubled the size of the state.

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Political History of Nevada