A colorful montage by a Nevada artist leads off each of the eight chapters in this 260-page hard cover book. Pictures of characters, places, events, & maps, over 275 illustrations in all, guide the reader through Nevada from prehistoric Indians through statehood during the Civil War & on to modern Nevada with its diverse ethnic & cultural population. The chapters: 1) The Indians, 2) Trailblazers & Emigrants, 3) Railroads, Cities, & Travel, 4) Mining, 5) Agriculture, 6) Government, 7) Business, & 8) The People of Nevada portray Nevada through the use of the land. The book tells of the importance of mining to the state of the nation, the coming of the railroad, & the beginning of Nevada cities. Also told is the development of gambling in Nevada as a natural heritage of the mining boom towns, & how gaming & tourism developed the communities of Nevada. The reader will see how the geographical influence of the Great Basin & the social & economic influence of gaming as an industry make Nevada different from any other state.Lynch, Don is the author of 'Battle Born Nevada: People History Stories - Donald Lynch - Hardcover - REVISED' with ISBN 9780913205204 and ISBN 0913205206.