From our collections, we have a German map titled, “Vereinigte Staaten von Nord America und Mexico, 1850” or United States of America and Mexico, 1850. The map shows a large area marked simply as “desert” that would eventually become the states of California, Nevada, and Arizona.
While by 1850 Las Vegas was typically being […]
In celebration of International Clown Week, the first week in August, from our collections, we have a 1966 film clip of the George Moro dancers at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in 1966. This features slapstick circus clowns performing to the music from the prior year’s hit ‘Everyone Loves a Clown’ by Gary Lewis […]
1950s Map of Las Vegas
From our map collection, we have this map of Las Vegas, from the late 1950s, captures the Strip at a unique time. The map shows the Royal Nevada, the Dunes and the Riviera, all of which opened in 1955 to varying degrees of success. The Royal Nevada would eventually close […]
1991 Cartoon Map of Las Vegas
From our map collection, this cartoon styled map of Las Vegas was produced in 1991.1991 Cartoon Map of Las Vegas
Some of the landmarks depicted are still around today, such as the Excalibur, Tropicana and Ethel M., and the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas when it […]
1855 Colton’s Territories of New Mexico and Utah1855 Colton’s Territories of New Mexico and Utah Map
This map is an 1855 first edition of Colton’s Territories of New Mexico and Utah depicting the area from which the territory of Nevada would eventually be created.
Look closely and you can see “Vegas” marked […]
1919 Kenyon’s Pocket Map of Nevada
Cover of the 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, […]
Las Vegas Tourist Map – 1947
Las Vegas Tourist Map from 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 […]
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 […]
On September 10th 1957, the first classes were held on the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) campus in a new 13,000-square-foot building; serving a growing post-war population in need of higher education services. The university started as an extension program from the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) back in 1951. It gained independence […]
Lilly Fong (1925-2002) nee Hing, was a champion for education throughout her lifetime. Lilly’s deep-rooted belief in education stemmed from her childhood, instilled by her parents. Her father was known to quote the teachings of Confucius as he agreed that ‘education was the equalizer of […]