April 28th, 2017

sm-mikegreenToday in Nevada History

March 2 — In 1861, Congress passed the bill and James Buchanan signed it to create Nevada territory out of the western portion of Utah territory. Although slavery in the territories had been the main issue dividing Americans, the bill said nothing about it: two days later, Abraham Lincoln would take office, and all involved knew that he would appoint anti-slavery officials who would discourage its spread.