History

1940’s Map of Henderson, NV

This map, from our our collections was created by Woodruff’s Basic Photo of Henderson, NV, and shows the Basic townsite built to house workers of Basic Magnesium, Inc. (BMI). BMI opened in 1942 to process magnesium needed for WWII.  It created a migration of out of town workers and their families to the area, so […]
Manhattan Mining District Map 1917

1917 Map of Manhattan Mining District

While today Manhattan, NV is considered a ghost town, it once was a thriving mining area as this Manhattan Mining District map from 1917 shows. Located on the slope of Bald Mountain, its origins began with a silver strike in the 1860s, although this was depleted by 1890s. In 1900 gold was found, the town […]

International Clown Week

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

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

1991 Cartoon Map of Las Vegas From our map collection, this cartoon styled map of Las Vegas was produced in 1991. 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 was at its old location in Lorenzi Park. […]

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 […]