Toquima Cave

Places: Lander County, Northern Nevada

Toquima Cave is located within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, about twenty-five miles southeast of Austin, the last half of this distance being reached by traveling over a dirt road. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and was excavated as part of a larger... more


Places: Nye County, Tonopah, Southern Nevada

The discovery of silver in south-central Nevada produced a major mining boom that revived the state's mining industry in the first decade of the twentieth century, and fueled a fierce economic recovery across the region. The Tonopah bonanza re-galvanized Nevada's status as a mining empire,... more


Knockers were elves believed to work in Cornwall's mines. Celts generally saw elves as living in families. Because the Cornish excluded women from mines, the same restriction applied to their underground spirits, which appeared as diminutive bearded men, forever digging in abandoned drifts.... more

Thunderbird Casino and the Mob

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

The Thunderbird, one of the first Las Vegas Strip casinos, was also one of the first to become involved in the federal-state controversy over mob involvement in Nevada gaming. In 1950, Thunderbird co-owner Clifford Jones, Nevada's lieutenant governor, was among a number of Las Vegas casino... more

Thunderbird Casino

In October 1947, Marion Hicks, a Los Angeles contractor and a partner in Las Vegas' El Cortez Hotel and Casino, and Clifford Jones, Nevada's lieutenant governor, began construction on the Thunderbird Hotel. The site they had purchased sat on the fledgling Las Vegas Strip on Highway 91... more

Thomas R. Street

Places: Virginia City, Reno, Storey County, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Thomas R. Street (unknown-1873) was an African American resident of Nevada during the Comstock era. Although little is known about Street, his major legacy is the articulate and passionate speech he delivered in Virginia City. He made his presentation during the Emancipation Proclamation... more

Thomas Jasper Summers

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

He proudly proclaimed, "I'm the ultimate Renaissance Man–if there's ever a renaissance in Verdi, I'll be in the forefront." For several decades, Thomas Jasper Summers (1924-2002) divided his time between teaching and art. His self-published pen and ink drawings of... more

Thomas Detter

Places: Elko, Eureka, Elko County, Eureka County, Northern Nevada

Though not well known among Nevadans of European descent during his lifetime, and largely forgotten by historians until the 1970s, Thomas Detter was a prominent member of western African-American society. He wrote numerous letters to California's African-American newspapers, and he was asked to... more

Theresa Smokey Jackson

Places: Douglas County, Northern Nevada

Washoe basket maker Theresa Smokey Jackson came from a long line of weavers. She started learning to make willow baskets when she was just a teenager. She and her sister, JoAnn Smokey Martinez, grew up speaking Washoe and participating in many traditional Native American ways of life such as... more

Thelma Davis Calhoun

Places: Carson City, Virginia City, Storey County, Northern Nevada

In 1944, Thelma Davis Calhoun (1913-1998) and her husband, James W. Calhoun (1903-1993), drove from the couple's home in Seattle, Washington, to Virginia City, Nevada. Thelma often said their relocation to the Comstock was literally determined "by the toss of a coin." One year later,... more

TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

When Stephanie Richardson was in a car accident in 2005, she lost the fingers on her left hand. But instead of letting it keep her down, it inspired her to follow her dreams. Richardson, a professional actress who moved to Reno in 2000, thought she might open her own theater program one day. After... more

Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada

Places: Washoe County, Northern Nevada

The people known as the Washoe have long lived on the eastern face of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California and Nevada and at the far edge of the western Great Basin. From the high mountain lakes and meadows to the valleys below, the Washoe people created a way of life that sustained... more

Wadsworth and Columbus Freight Road

The Wadsworth and Columbus Freight Road was a 130-mile wagon road connecting Wadsworth on the Central Pacific Railroad to the Columbus Mining District in the deserts of southwestern Nevada. From 1871 to 1882, freight wagons hauled supplies and mining machinery south to the Columbus District's... more

Muddy Mission

Places: Clark County, Southern Nevada

After Mormon missionaries established a way station between Utah and California at Las Vegas in 1855, they received a directive from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to scout more town sites just north of the area along the Muddy River. Not everyone approved, but Church officials... more

The Misfits

The story of The Misfits (1961) was conceived when playwright Arthur Miller waited out his own divorce in Nevada and was impressed by the way the region's isolation and alienation affect and reflect its residents. He also saw a means of providing a suitable but challenging screen role for the... more

The Godfather Movies

The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) usually rank among the top five American movies ever made, which theoretically makes them the best movies ever filmed in Nevada. Despite their associations with the state, both spent little time using real locations.Like most mobster movies,... more

Donner Party: List of Members

Places: Northern Nevada

(With ages, or approximate ages at the time of rescue or death, in parentheses, including how they died or escaped. S, survived; D, died)The Breen Family from Ireland by way of Keokuk, IowaPatrick Breen (51), father of seven, husband of Margaret, brought out by Second Relief but left at Starved... more

Census and Demography of Nevada

The U. S. Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census every ten years. Enumerators used hand-written pages to record information on every person in the United States. Each census employed different questions, but certain inquiries remain the same. The Census Bureau publishes... more

American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is one of the Silver State's most active and important non-governmental organizations. It was created by a group of volunteers in 1966 and was formally accepted as the state affiliate of the national ACLU in 1967. By the late 1990s, the ACLU of... more

Thalia Dondero

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

Thalia Marie Sperry Dondero has lived in Nevada since 1942. She was the first woman elected to the Clark County Commission in 1974 and in 1996, she won election to the Board of Regents.Thalia Sperry was born in Greeley, Colorado, and moved to Bakersfield, California, with her family in 1930. After... more

Thais in Southern Nevada

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

According to the 2000 census, 150,238 Thais live in the United States. Among them, 4,220 dwell in Nevada. Clark County is home to more than 89 percent (3,759) of the state's total. Thais are among the fastest-growing Asian American population in the United States, increasing by 64.6 percent... more

Territorial Enterprise

Places: Carson City, Virginia City, Douglas County, Storey County, Northern Nevada

The Territorial Enterprise was one of the American West's most important newspapers during the 1860s and 70s. William Jernegan and Alfred James founded the publication on December 18, 1858, in Genoa. Nine months later, the Enterprise moved to Carson City where Jonathan Williams eventually... more

Ted Drummond

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Theodore H. "Ted" Drummond (1908-1993) was a versatile Nevada artist who not only specialized in drawing and printmaking, but also sculpture in wood—all on a decidedly western theme. Drummond was featured in many exhibitions in Reno before departing for Los Angeles in 1943.Nevada... more

Teamsters Union

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

In 1903, a pair of organized labor groups, the Team Drivers International Union and the Teamsters National Union, merged and created the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehouseman, and Helpers of America, also known as the IBT. Las Vegas barely existed as a dot on the map.... more

Tasker Oddie

Tasker Oddie was practicing real estate law in New York when a client sent him to Nevada to resolve legal issues. Oddie adopted the state where he spent the rest of his life engaged in mining, agriculture, and politics. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 24, 1870, he earned a law degree at New... more