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The path that was plagued by hellacious weather and violent bandits and natives more than 150 years ago is today beset by unique towns and friendly locals, making it feel like a pointedly un-lonely place.
The following sections are tidbits of what Nevada Magazine thinks Las Vegas might have looked like through the eyes of the very people whose experiences shaped the city. We considered many perspectives, from the early Mormon settlers to the mega-resort tycoons of the late 20th century.
It’s understandable that Southern Nevada’s smaller communities can be overlooked—they lay in the shadow of one of the world’s most ostentatious cities. But visitors and locals who pull their attention from the neon buzz for a stopover in any of these burgs will be glad they did.
The escapades of Editor Matthew B. Brown and Associate Editor Charlie Johnston have been well documented in the pages of Nevada Magazine. As 2010 comes to an end, the editorial duo reflects on their many Silver State sojourns.
Since its dedication 75 years ago, millions have traveled from near and far to marvel at Hoover Dam, one of modern engineering’s most remarkable achievements. With the opening of a new bypass/bridge this November, tourists will flock to Hoover Dam, the finest concrete structure of its day, with renewed enthusiasm and vigor.
The Silver State is home to the remains of hundreds of former towns. Some are little more than crumbled foundations or a picked-over garbage heap, but others have stood more steadfastly against the ravages of time and Nevada’s harsh elements to provide unique glimpses into a time long passed, but not forgotten.
Nevada’s four major lakes—Mead, Pyramid, Tahoe, and Walker—face serious challenges. If future generations are to appreciate them as so many have before, we must address these challenges and come to acceptable solutions—before it’s too late.
Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, Naval Air Station Fallon, and Hawthorne Army Depot are instrumental in our nation’s military operations and bring thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the state.
Seventy-five years ago, on March 26, 1935, the Nevada Legislature passed two momentous bills pertaining to state parks. Four sites were “set aside for all times for state park and recreational purposes.” Today, there are 25 such sites statewide.
As it concerns the Pony Express, history and legend seem interchangeable. One thing most of the historical accounts and legends agree on is that Nevada’s roughly 400 miles of trail were among the toughest and most dangerous of the route.
Against all odds, 50 years ago in February, more than 650 athletes and 30 national teams competed in the VIII Olympic Winter Games at Squaw Valley. The unprecedented event is still a source of pride and nostalgia in the Reno-Lake Tahoe region.
For five days, June 14-18, I was given the chance to ditch my nine-to-five job, commute, and deadlines to help push almost 300 head of cattle across the Nevada desert during the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive.
Some green proponents such as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid contend that Nevada has the potential to become the “Saudi Arabia of renewable energy,” an analogy to the Middle Eastern country’s leading role in the oil industry. Meanwhile, green business and living practices are gaining momentum across the Silver State.
Mining has been a key player in Nevada’s history since before statehood in 1864, and all indications point to it remaining just as important for many years to come. As Tim Crowley, president of the Nevada Mining Association puts it, “If it isn’t grown, it has to be mined.”
Sitting in a west Reno coffeehouse, Devere Dressler pauses in mid-conversation. The fifth-generation cowboy is talking ranching—the changes and challenges—when he turns toward the window. Pointing across four lanes of asphalt, he locates the old Caughlin Ranch house. The homestead, once the center of an expansive cattle operation, is now corralled by suburban development.
Famed explorer Kit Carson blazed through the West, leaving behind hope for future travelers and a landscape proud to bear his name. Today the eponymous Carson River rollicks through Carson City, Nevada’s capital, which pays homage to the pioneer. Other Nevada town names, however, aren’t quite as obvious. Where did Jarbidge get its peculiar name? And who was Rachel, and why did she have a town named after her?
Recent generations in Reno have cheered on the Blackjacks, Chukars, and Silver Sox. When the Aces take the field in April, however, a whole new ball game begins. For nearly two decades, local fans have watched independent league teams unaffiliated with any of the 30 Major League Baseball teams. The Reno Aces are a Triple-A franchise—the highest level of baseball in Reno history.
In addition to impromptu celebrations and the Halloween pig feed, Jarbidge hosts a Memorial Day party with live music and a barbecue; a two-day Fourth of July celebration with more live bluegrass, more barbecue, and a parade; a corn feed in early September; and a harvest dance in late September. The celebration centerpiece, however, is Jarbidge Days, Aug. 14-16.
Anyone who has read a Nevada publication in the last couple decades knows that wild horses, and the issues surrounding them and their range, remain among the most controversial topics in the state. Although the controversy has evolved into an emotional, convoluted collection of opposing viewpoints, everything relates to two main issues: the horses’ sharing of land and resources with free-ranging livestock and the methods with which state and federal government manage the mustang population.
Some folks call Elko County’s Ruby Mountains the “Yosemite of Nevada.” Others refer to the rugged, glacier-carved range as “Nevada’s Swiss Alps.” Joe Royer calls them home. For the past 30 years, he has been happily escorting guests around his “house” via his tour company, Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience. The backcountry ski and snowboard service is based in Lamoille, a ranching community 20 miles south of Elko.