Places

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 & […]

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 […]