Category: Nevada History

Las Vegas — Reality or Promoter’s Illusion?

Las Vegas, Desert-Inn

by Myram Borders    Las Vegas rode into the 20th century on a horse-drawn wagon and left in a golden chariot.                       Fremont Street about 1915, with the he original Union Pacific Railroad Station on Main Street at center.                                                 Photo credit: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries   Editor’s Choice After spending seven months […]

Eulogy for a Gambler

Herman Knickerbocker Prospecting at Rawhide Nevada

The funeral oration for Riley Grannan by Herman W. Knickerbocker On April 3, 1908, a former Methodist minister faced a small audience crowded into a backroom dance hall in the booming mining town of Rawhide. His name was Herman Knickerbocker, and he had been the pastor of Trinity Church in Los Angeles until he was […]

Mark Twain’s Collar Buttons

Dan De Quille

by Dan De Quille The Golden Era, December 6, 1863 William Wright (Dan De Quille) If I had known that Mark Twain’s shirts were all without collars I would never have gone into partnership with him in rooms. I should have sternly refused having such a partner — all his excellent qualities and his useful […]

Finding Clemens Cove

One of the most memorable episodes in “Roughing It” recounts how young Sam Clemens hiked up to Lake Tahoe from Carson City. Sam Clemens, 1864 He tells how he and his companion staked a timber claim and accidentally set the forest on fire. The two escaped with their lives by rowing their skiff out into […]

Nevada’s Dead Towns

John Muir

by John Muir (1875) Nevada is one of the very youngest and wildest of the States; nevertheless it is already strewn with ruins that seem as gray and silent and time-worn as if the civilization to which they belonged had perished centuries ago. Yet, strange to say, all these ruins are results of mining efforts […]

A Brief History of Lincoln County

Cathedral Gorge Nevada

Cathedral Gorge in US 93 near Panaca By Dave Maxwell   Visit Lincoln County this summer. It’s worth it. Part of Nevada’s Silver Trails Territory, it definitely fits that description.   In 1849, during the great Western migration, a party from Kansas seeking a shorter way from Salt Lake to California crossed through present day Lincoln […]

Betty’s Cards

Betty's Cards Golden Gate Bar Silver City Nevada

Pick a Card from the Wall by Sam Toll I was born in Carson City Nevada in 1962 and grew up in Gold Hill. I spent my first 20 years on the Comstock Lode and at that time the Golden Gate Bar in Silver City was run by Pat Staab, a retired prison guard from San Quentin and his […]

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