Nevada

The largest ammunition storage depot in the country. There are 3,500 buildings on the 147,000 acre main facility, located in western Nevada. Operated by the Day Zimmerman Hawthorne Corporation for the Army, which acquired the site from the Navy in 1977....

The ninth of the artist Michael Heizer's "Nine Nevada Depressions" made around the state in 1968. This one is a circular loop made in a dry lake bed surface, at Massacre Dry Lake, near Vyo, Nevada. Six tons of earth was displaced, making a one foot wide...

Gold mine on the Carlin Trend with over 700 employees. Over five million ounces of gold have been extracted from this mine since operations started in 1981. Ownership, which has changed several times over the years, has included the Independence Mining...

Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the largest venues of this type in the nation, with more than 2 million square feet of exhibition space. Only a few...

A large, simple etching on the earth, made with four shallow cuts from the six foot blade of bulldozer, two one mile long, two a half mile long, forming a square with half mile lines extending from it. Made in 1969 by the artist Walter de Maria, in a remote...

The first transcontinental telephone line was completed when the last splice was made, at the border of Utah and Nevada, in the town of Wendover, in 1914. A monument with an old telephone pole marks the spot, outside the Montego Bay casino.

A large (1,580 MW) coal-fired power plant that served Las Vegas and Southern California. Notable because it used coal that was piped-in from the Black Mesa Mine, 273 miles away, in Arizona. The coal was crushed and mixed with water at the mine, a process that...

The famous Mustang Ranch brothel outside Reno is back in business, though at a new location. In 2002 developer Lance Gilman opened a brothel at the western...

Nellis Air Force Base, in North Las Vegas, is one of the busiest bases in the country. War games based out of Nellis, occurring on an almost continuous basis, cover the adjacent ranges and beyond into Utah and California, incorporating almost every known form...

The Nellis Range is a 4,700 square-mile restricted zone in southern Nevada, and one of the largest and busiest military ranges in the country. Much of the land in the range is used for combat training by the Air Force, which conducts large-scale war games...

The Nevada Test Site (NTS) is a 1,350 square miles (860,000 acres) restricted area in southern Nevada, owned and operated by the Department of Energy. It is a multi-use, open-air laboratory that was the primary location of the nuclear weapons testing program...

A picturesque ghost town in southern Nevada, in the Bullfrog gold mining district, with a split identity as a contemporary sculpture park. The ghost town has a number of multi-story facades still standing from the heyday of the town, which was around 1910,...

Jean Dry Lake, south of Las Vegas, has totally absorbed Michael Heizer's "Rift 1", a zig-zag trench dug into the lake surface in 1968, as the first of his Nine Nevada Depressions artwork. This series of pieces was located primarily on dry lakes throughout the...

The area around Ruth has been mined since 1868, when an early prospector named Thomas Robinson, found gold. The main mine, which still bears his name, evolved into a massive underground operation, run by Kennecott Copper, which became an open pit around 1950...

This course in the northern Las Vegas desert was built by the resort magnate Steve Wynn and designed by Tom Fazio, one of the contemporary leaders in golf course design. Earth was bermed up around the 350-acre site to hide it from view, and a landscape of...

One of two major underground nuclear tests in Nevada that were performed off the Nevada Test Site. Conducted in 1963, Shoal was an experiment to study earthquake effects. A 12 kiloton bomb was detonated 1,200 feet below the surface. The site now is unmarked...

In 2015, the data center company Switch announced it would build its Citadel Campus at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, an eight-building complex that...

Sysco’s main production and distribution center for Las Vegas is located next to a large creamery on the north end of town. Sysco is the largest commercial food service company in the country, with around 180 locations. It supplies food to restaurants, hotels...

At Exit 32 on Interstate 80, 32 miles east of the California State Line, is the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, a privately owned industrial park outside Reno that covers 167...

Tesla’s first Gigafactory is primarily a lithium-ion battery plant, being built with Tesla’s partner Panasonic, to make batteries for Tesla cars and its...

A complex of sculptures and hand-made structures, made from debris found in the area (car parts, bottles, wheels, railroad ties, etc.), and held together in a matrix of concrete. Built between 1967 and 1975, by a man named Rolling Mountain Thunder, who lived in...

The Tonopah Test Range is a 525 square mile test facility on the north end of the Air Force's 4,000 square mile Nellis Range Complex in Nevada, and is the principal weapons field test site for Sandia Labs, based in New Mexico. There are major facilities here...

With 7,117 rooms, the Venetian usually tops the list as the largest hotel in the USA. Several of the largest non-industrial buildings in the world are in Las Vegas, like the Palazzo Resort, with 6,948,980 square feet in a single structure with a footprint of...

The headquarters for a Shoshone Indian land reclaiming movement. Members of the Dann Family, whose ranch is nearby, have been arrested in conflicts with federal officials over ownership of what the Shoshone claim as ancestral lands, stolen from them by the...