Mark Twain’s Collar Buttons

by Dan De Quille The Golden Era, December 6, 1863 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...

The Famous Garcia World’s Fair Gold Medal Saddle from Elko

The book follows the journey of G.S. Garcia and J.M. Capriola, two legendary saddle makers in northeastern Nevada who made their living from the working cowboys and ranchers in the Great Basin. Entering into...
Box kite, water tank and Haboob, Boulder City Nevada 1935

See the Wind and Catch it

Based on the true story that Ila Clements Davey (Godby) told me and I imagined it by Alan Goya There was a lot for a kid to do in Boulder City in the spring of 1935,...
9 rue Tilsitt. Paris

Two Nevada Women in Paris’ ‘Belle Epoque’

"La Belle Epoque" in Paris Is defined as the period of social , economic, technological and political progress that took place from 1879-1914, and it's clear that our two Nevada girls contributed to it...
Miles End B&B, Kingston Nevada

A Visit to Kingston

The best way to get to Kingston is by way of US 50 to Austin, then west down into the Reese River Valley a couple of miles and then south on the road marked...
Last Cance Joe at Victorian Square, Sparks Nevada

The Evolution of Last Chance Joe

by Dick Dreiling The original image of Last Chance Joe was designed in 1952 by Roscoe E. "Duke" Reading of Boise Idaho for Dick Graves. NOW Available at Your Local DMV Office! The Last Chance Joe Charity License...
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Corbett vs. Fitzsimmons, Carson City 1897

The dawn of battle day In Carson was all that could be desired by the several thousands of people who have traveled many miles to the snow-bound valley to see the great Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight. Late...
Ormsby House, Carson City Nevada, 1863

Mark Twain’s First Letter

by Jim Reed In signing his famous “letter from Carson City” on January 31, 1863, the man directing the pen morphed from Samuel Langhorne Clemens to Mark Twain with just a few wriggles of his...

Sparks: A Town of Two Times

by Wendell Huffman   Sparks was created in the early 20th century as part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s modernization of the Central Pacific line across Nevada. The old division point at Wadsworth, where trains were...

DAYTON is in Virginia City

by Dennis Cassinelli For many years, my family and I have lived in Dayton, Nevada, “Gateway to the Comstock.” This is where Nevada gold was first discovered in 1849 that ten years later, led to...
NSRy Visitor Center

Railroading in Nevada

  This Is What a Transportation Revolution Looks Like by Laura Bliss To understand a true transportation revolution, I wanted to drive a coal-fired locomotive. On the Nevada Northern Railway, I found one. Thick black smoke spewed from...
Buster Keaton

Corporal T.M. Murphy and the Battle of Tonka Tunnel

by David W. Toll History books will tell you that the first American soldier to shed his blood in World War I was a lieutenant in the medical corps, wounded by a shell burst on July...
Las Vegas, Desert-Inn

Las Vegas — Reality or Promoter’s Illusion?

by Myram Borders    Las Vegas rode into the 20th century on a horse-drawn wagon and left in a golden chariot.   Editor's Choice After spending seven months late in 2013 and early 2014 writing more than half of...
Herman Knickerbocker Prospecting at Rawhide Nevada

Eulogy for a Gambler

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...
Warm Springs Hotel

The Great Escape from Carson City, September 17, 1871

  Volney Rollins checked his sidearm and buttoned his coat against a cold draft as he walked down the concrete hallway toward the dining area. His last duty was to secure the prisoners. It had...

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. He tells how he and his companion staked a timber claim and...
John Muir

Nevada’s Dead Towns

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...
Cathedral Gorge Nevada

A Brief History of Lincoln County

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...

The Horse Hunt That Spawned ‘The Misfits’

by Peter A. Kraemer Here 's a photo (I assume by Gus Bundy) of A.J. "Joe"Liebling and Lucille Spectorsky with Lucius Beebe, Chuck Clegg and Katie Hilyard of "the Katies" in the doorway of the...
Betty's Cards Golden Gate Bar Silver City Nevada

Betty’s Cards

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...

Hal Bales, General Sales Manager – Cherry 8-3718

The first thing I looked at was the phone number. Pat and Betty took ownership of the Golden Gate Bar in the early 1950’s when the country was still calling with the numbering system...
Forgotten ski lodge of the Ruby Mountains Nevada

The Lost Ski Lodge of the Rubies

"The Ruby Mountains in Northern Nevada weren't always packed with sleds, and the lot of cars full of folks looking to draw their line down Terminal Cancer." Even prior to Carl Fischer's 1976 proposal to...
Chinatown, Winnemucca Nevada

Boyhood Days in Winnemucca 1901-1910

by James R. Chew As a young boy, my family and I lived in Winnemucca's Chinatown on Baud Street.  It had a population of about 400 Chinese, who were practically all railroad workers.  Surprisingly, only four...
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