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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 In her new position, she will preserve and make available to the public Nevada historical documents.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 […]

Bertha B. Ronzone

On November 5th 1969, founder and owner of the Ronzone’s chain of department stores that date back to the 1910s, Bertha B. ‘Mom’ Ronzone, passed away at the age of 84 years. Born Bertha Bishop in 1885 in Iowa, Bertha married her husband, Attilio Ronzone, in 1901.  They moved to Nevada two years later and […]

Kay Starr

On November 3rd 2016, singer and dancer Kay Starr passed away. An occasional performer at the Las Vegas Strip casinos, Kay also sang at Harry S. Truman’s presidential inauguration in 1945. She went on to achieve gold with her signature song ‘Wheel of Fortune’. Kay could tackle almost every genre of song, from pop to rock […]

Bones…

Bones excavated from Cathedral Gorge in 2010 were originally thought to be bison, however on closer inspection they were found to be domestic cow with evidence that there were several different aged cows as well as other animals present.  So, the museum called on colleague Virginia Lucas, archaeologist specializing in animal bone identification (zooarchaeology) at the […]