When black horses fly and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.
Fun Fact: Ghost towns
There are 3,800 ghost towns across the country, most of them in the West. When travelling in wild horse country it is not uncommon to come across old homesteads. If you plan your trip, you could travel down lonely old roads that once saw thousands of people heading to town. Towns that can be “spooktacular.” (You can search for ghost towns by state HERE)
October 31, is also the Nevada Statehood Anniversary
Nevada, the state with the most wild horses in the U.S., was granted statehood on October 31,1864, after telegraphing the Constitution of Nevada to the United States Congress just days before the presidential election (the largest and costliest transmission ever by telegraph). The Nevada Constitution explicitly said that the state wouldn’t claim any public land that wasn’t spoken for. This left the vast majority of Nevada’s land in the public estate, managed by the federal government; only Alaska has more public lands.
Nevada was one of two states granted statehood during the Civil War; the state’s immense mineral wealth helped foot the bill of the Union at a critical time. Nicknamed the “Silver State”, Nevada is actually the largest gold-producing state in the U.S. and fourth-largest in the world. America’s largest silver deposit, the Comstock Lode, was found in Nevada in 1859.
Today there are 83 Herd Management Areas (HMA) on Nevada’s vast public lands for wild horses and burros. Mining and energy remain one of the biggest uses of public lands in the state that encroach and fragment the land our wild horses and burros occupy.
Our wild horses and burros face many threats today. Sometimes the truth can be the scariest of all. But together, we can be a strong force to fight back.
You can learn more by visiting our 2022 resource page where you can read some of the comprehensive reporting compiled by WHE. Click HERE.
We need your support to stay in the field, in the courts and in the fight. End of year funding is critical in order to continue our fight into 2023. We have been offered a $2,000. match. Every donation will be doubled, dollar-for-dollar, through November 15.
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