Home of Las Vegas, Reno, and desert, Nevada has become more of a gambling mecca than anything else. Before that was silver mines. Before that was … sand. Then there was (the show) CSI.
Nevada was granted statehood during the American Civil War, hence the state motto, “Battle Born”.
There is a running gag in Hawaii that Las Vegas should be considered the “eighth island” because there are so many Hawaiians there.