The original “Father of Clark County”

With all due respect to the man known as Copper King, and the person who Clark County, Nevada is named after, William Andrews Clark, the true, the first, the original “father of Clark County” was Marius Samuel Beal.

This eleven-page article will detail the early development of Las Vegas through the actions of a world traveler, who very late in life, would move to a railroad camp on the edge of the Mojave desert, and what he did to create the county of Clark.

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  • The Helen Holmes Story  Las Vegas First Lady of Film.
  • Motels of Reno.
  • The History of Albertype Post Cards of Nevada.
  • The History of Curt Teich Post Cards of Nevada.
  • The Black Biltmore-the First Integrated Resort in Las Vegas
  • Lightnin’  The un-rereleased Will Rogers movie filmed in Nevada.
  • Howard Hughes’ 1952 movie “The Las Vegas Story” and its premiere

Ten Film Noir -1940’s to 1960’s Las Vegas

 Researching movies produced in the 1940’s featuring or containing significant connections to Las Vegas uncovered several films that fit into the film noir category.  The same held true for the 1950’s and early 1960’s.

A list of ten Las Vegas Film Noir  was originally  published in the August, 2015 issue of Nevada Public Radio’s magazine,  Desert Companion. 

Research on the topic continue to this day. With details and images uncovered and discovered an updated article is presented below.

Work continues and details will continually be added to this report.   In addition, a separate article on Las Vegas movies of the 1940’s, as well as individual articles on each film will be produced as separate reports.


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Going, Going, Gone, the Motels of Las Vegas 2018 update

This is the first of a series of articles on motels of Nevada.    As motels in Nevada’s major metropolitan areas are being paved over, the important role they played in the development of the state’s hospitality industry is also being lot.

While still alive and well in places like Boulder City, and communities along Interstate 80, and smaller tourist destinations in Nevada, the fight for survival is a daily battle.

The focus of this article is a short overview on the status of motels in Las Vegas.

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“L. Levitch”  1909 Reno Photographer or 1913 Reno Palm Reader?

In 1909 a “L. Levitch” photographed and published a series of post cards of gambling in Reno, including the night, September 30, 1910, gambling became illegal in Nevada.  Was Levitch a photogrpaher or a palm reader, or both?

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Leon and Nell Oakes  – Las Vegas Photographers 1920s-1940s Part One

In 1921, the husband and wife team of photographers, Leon and Nell Oakes arrived in Las Vegas.   For nearly a quarter century the Oakes name would be connected to photography in southern Nevada.

This is part one of a series of articles on their live and their photographs, which include more than monthly updates of the construction of Hoover Dam.

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Historic Images of Nevada Destroyed in 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Found

    (Updated January 7, 2020)

A series of photographs of Nevada in 1905, from Goldfield, to Tonopah, to Carson City,  Virginia City, and Reno were sent to San Francisco in January of 1906 to be turned into post cards.

    Out of the several dozen images brought in from Nevada, several were selected and printed in March, 1906.

    Days after the post cards were printed and shipped to Nevada, the April, 1906 earthquake destroyed much of San Francisco.

   Among the destruction, the printing plant of Edward H. Mitchell.   Along with his offices  and files, all of the photographs and negatives of Nevada were lost.

    Now,  new information has been uncovered revealing which images of Nevada were printed the days before the earthquake.

    This article includes the information as to which images were saved and which were lost.   Continue reading “Historic Images of Nevada Destroyed in 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Found”