On March 21, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed laws enabling Nevada and Colorado to form state governments. The president signed a similar law on April 19, 1864, for Nebraska. These laws allowed the territories to develop state constitutions and submit them to the president for admission to the Union. They did not include the requirement, specified in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, that territories have a population of 60,000 to become states.
At that time, the constitutional convention in Nebraska voted against statehood and voters in Colorado voted against the proposed state constitution. Nevadans, on the other hand, approved their constitution. President Lincoln proclaimed Nevada a state on October 31, 1864.
Here are some facts about Nevada from the U.S. Census Bureau:
On March 20, 1990, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted the "Shelter and Street Night" operation as part of the 1990 Census. During this count of the nation's homeless population, more than 20,000 shelters and open-air sites were visited by 15,000 census takers.
In 2000 and 2010, people in emergency and transitional shelters were enumerated as part of the Service-Based Enumeration Operation. This also included enumeration at soup kitchens, regularly scheduled mobile food vans, and targeted nonsheltered outdoor locations. However, this was not a count of the entire population experiencing homelessness, only those enumerated at emergency and transitional shelters.
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