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1919 Kenyon’s Pocket Map of Nevada

1919 Kenyon’s Pocket Map of Nevada Welcome to #MapMonday where we highlight one of the fascinating maps from our collection. Although a little tattered, this 1919 Kenyon’s Pocket Map of Nevada illustrates the way the state has changed. If you look at Clark County, you will see the town of St. Thomas which was flooded […]

Las Vegas Tourist Map – 1947

Las Vegas Tourist Map – 1947 The hot summer weather of southern Nevada always makes us want to take a road trip! This Las Vegas Fun Tour Map from 1947 was created to show tourists all the fun things to do in town, although we aren’t sure how good it would have been to actually […]
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Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

On June 25, 2015 the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas received fossil specimens from the National Park Service’s Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument from the San Bernardino County Museum in California. The museum is acting as a temporary repository for over 10,000 specimens until the National Park Service can build their own facilities at […]

Eilley Orrum Bowers

Eilley Orrum Bowers, once the nation’s wealthiest women with an ultimately sad life story that is indicative of this ‘boom and bust’ era. Come and see our hologram of Eilley talking about her life in our galleries.  Born in Scotland, Eilley was one of a few women living in the Comstock Mining District at the […]

Colanthe “Florence” Jones Murphy

Women’s History Month Colanthe “Florence” Jones Murphy, was a native Nevadan, aviator and real estate pioneer. She was the first Nevada woman to receive a commercial pilot’s license and the first woman in the United States to serve as a vice president of a regularly scheduled airline. She is considered one of “The First 100 Persons Who […]

Las Vegas museum selects Maggie Bukowski as curator of manuscripts

LAS VEGAS —The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, has chosen Maggie Bukowski as its new curator of manuscripts, photos and library. Bukowski joins the museum team from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries. In her new position, she will preserve and make available to the public Nevada historical documents. “We are pleased to […]

Anderson Field opened in 1920

On November 25, 1920 the Anderson Airfield opened located near where the Sahara Hotel and Casino parking lot is today. It was the first airport to service Las Vegas. It had an ‘L’ shaped runway that allowed pilots to land according to different wind directions and was designed and operated by Robert Hausler, an army […]

El Cortez opening in 1941

On November 7th 1941 the El Cortez Hotel and Casino opened it doors. It promoted itself as “The new Uptown Hotel in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas,” and the city’s largest and most fashionable resort, playing a vital role in the economic development of Fremont Street. Originally constructed for $325,000, the Spanish Ranch style […]