History

Opening of the Huntridge Theatre

On 10th October 1944, the Huntridge Theater opened near Circle Park on the east side of Las Vegas. Construction started in April that year for the building that was designed by acclaimed architect S. Charles Lee, who also designed the Academy Theatre and the Bruin Theatre in California (pictured below). It had the art deco […]

Sesquicentennial of the Nevada State Capitol

October has been proclaimed Archives Month in Nevada, and the Nevada State Archives is celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Nevada State Capitol. This video describes the Capitol’s 150 years of history through photos and manuscripts.  

Silver Spike Ceremony

On September 17, 1930, hundreds of people gathered at Boulder Junction, Las Vegas (near the cross streets of Valley View and Russell today) to mark the start of construction of the 22 mile Union Pacific railroad track to link Las Vegas to Boulder City, as well as the beginning of the Boulder Dam project. The […]

Early History of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)

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 from […]

Decommissioning of the U.S.S. Nevada 29 August 1946

On 29 August 1946 the U.S.S. Nevada, the second ship to be named after our state, was decommissioned.  The U.S.S. Nevada was a battleship nearly 200 yard long with a crew of 2,200 men.  Launched in 1914, she was the first to have what were to become standards for US Navy battleships such as new […]

Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino

#OnThisDay in 1966 Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino opened with a lavish launch party that reportedly cost $1,000,000! At the time Caesars Palace was the largest hotel ever built as a single unified project in Nevada.  It had 700 rooms across 14 crescent-shaped floors, although some were still being built when it first opened its […]

Digitizing History – Our Record Collection

This Spring through a combination of the UNLV Regent’s Service Program, and the generous donation following the 2020 Fall silent auction by the Friends of NSMLV, the museum acquired a special record player and we embarked upon a new project – digitizing record albums! Our history collection contains many vinyl records (6”, singles, 12”, LPs, […]

Four Queens Hotel and Casino

On June 2nd 1966 the Four Queens Hotel & Casino opened on Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas. The casino was named after the four daughters of the founder and president Ben Goffstein. In turn, they were named after a queen from a pack of cards: Michele (the eldest) was the Queen of Spades, Benita the […]