Casino, The Movie

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

Casino is a Martin Scorsese feature film based on mob operations at a Las Vegas casino.Though a disclaimer insists the movie is fiction, the story reflects meticulous research by author Nicholas Pileggi for his true-crime book of the same name. Pileggi's sources included court records from the... more

Casino Stories

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

Everyone who leaves a casino has a story to tell, and, for better or worse, little or no hesitation about sharing it. Casinos are, after all, our society's great equalizer. All who enter this realm of gambling and entertainment, who search for that "one big score" or merely one... more

Casino Shuttle Airlines

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

One part of commercial aviation history unique to Nevada is the gambling shuttle airline. Originally created to fill hotel rooms and gaming floors, this type of airline later changed through the use of individual chartered flights and "high roller" aircraft.Julie Weintraub created one of... more

Cashman Center Parking Lot

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

[VR Morph by Howard Goldbaum]By the time the initial image in this video was taken, the Las Vegas Ranch belonged to the past and tumbleweeds and desert brush covered what had been farmland. Today, the ranch is part of the Cashman Field Center. Behind it are not weeds and a fence, but miles of homes... more

Cashman Center

Places: Clark County, Boulder City, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

[VR Morph by Howard Goldbaum]As this multimedia presentation suggests, Las Vegas has changed. That is an understatement. In the bottom half of the opening photo, visible just below the mountains, is Las Vegas Creek, a three-foot-wide, fifteen-inch-deep body of water flowing north and east from the... more

Carson City Mint

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

The Carson City Mint was one of only seven federal mints constructed in the United States. An 1863 Act of Congress established it as a branch mint, but the Civil War and congressional appropriations delayed its construction until 1867. Treasury Department architect A. B. Mullett designed the... more

Carmelite Monastery, Reno

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

In August, 1954, eight nuns from a strictly cloistered Carmelite monastery in Indianapolis accepted an invitation from Nevada bishop, Robert J. Dwyer, to establish a foundation in Reno. It has since been embraced by people of all religious persuasions, who request the nuns' prayers and... more


Places: Carlin, Elko County, Northern Nevada

The town of Carlin emerged soon after the Central Pacific Railroad established the eastern terminus of its Humboldt Division in 1868. Even before the town was platted, a small group of Chinese railroad workers occupied the area on what is now the western border of Elko County.By 1871, Carlin had a... more

Carleton Eugene Watkins

Places: Virginia City, Gold Hill, Douglas County, Incline Village, Glenbrook, Storey County, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Carleton Eugene Watkins, preeminent photographer of the American West, photographed the Comstock during its greatest "boom" period, in 1876 and 1878. Watkins is best known for his photographs of pristine landscapes, but he was equally adept at capturing industrial subjects. Thus, he was... more

Captain James Hervey Simpson and Highway 50

Places: Elko County, Eureka County, Lyon County, White Pine County, Northern Nevada

Captain James Hervey Simpson of the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers laid out the Great Basin portion of modern U.S. 50 as part of a wagon road. Simpson, a West Point graduate (1832), became the Army's chief topographical engineer in Utah in 1858. He came to the assignment with... more

Campaign Finance

Nevada's first attempts to regulate campaign finance occurred in the 1890s with the birth of the Silver Party and state legislators who introduced the first campaign finance reform measure in 1895. Modern campaign finance law continues to develop in Nevada and now requires reports of campaign... more


Places: Austin, Virginia City, Lander County, Storey County, Northern Nevada

In 1856, the U.S. Army experimented with the importation of Middle-Eastern Dromedary (one hump) camels. Lt. Edward F. Beale maintained the animals could haul materials for the military in the arid West. They could carry more than horse or mules, and they had a legendary ability to survive without... more

California Gold Rush

Places: Dayton, Virginia City, Lyon County, Storey County, Northern Nevada

The 1848 discovery of gold in California transformed the West. Over one hundred thousand '49ers immigrated to the Pacific Coast with the Gold Rush. The adventurers became miners and entrepreneurs. Although many successfully pursued diverse opportunities in the unfolding society and economy, few... more


Places: Lincoln County, Caliente, Southern Nevada

The city of Caliente is located in Central Lincoln County on U.S. Highway 93, 150 miles north of Las Vegas. William A. Clark, senator from Montana, and E. H. Harriman of the Union Pacific Railroad established the town in 1901 during the construction of the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake... more

Cairn - A Sculpture by Celeste Roberge

Places: Reno, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Just outside the entrance to Reno's Nevada Museum of Art stands Cairn, a kneeling man made of rocks. It was commissioned in 1998 as part of a major exhibition, From Exploration to Conservation: Picturing the Sierra Nevada.The sculpture derives its name from the cairns of Europe, which date back... more

Caesars Palace

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

Jay Sarno, owner of the Cabana Motel chain, stopped in Las Vegas in the early 1960s while on a trip to scout a new location for one of his motels in Northern California. Sarno, who wanted to build a large resort hotel someday, liked the cheap land and potential he saw on the Las Vegas Strip. He... more

C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-present) is a popular CBS television show that started its series about forensic detectives in Las Vegas. The television franchise later added Miami and New York to its show locales, but the original C.S.I. is the brainchild of longtime Las Vegas resident... more

Burning Man

Places: Humboldt County, Pershing County, Washoe County, Northern Nevada

Burning Man is an annual gathering of approximately forty thousand people in Nevada's Black Rock Desert the week before Labor Day. Journalists, scholars, and filmmakers who have chronicled Burning Man agree that the event defies classification. It is a unique phenomenon, predicated on a level... more


Places: Lincoln County, Panaca, Pioche, Southern Nevada

Bullionville was an ephemeral milling town one mile north of Panaca, established in the 1870s as a satellite of the silver mines at Pioche in Lincoln County. Mine operators chose its location because of the reliable supply of water from Meadow Valley Creek, the most northerly tributary of the... more

Bugsy, The Movie

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

Bugsy (1991) is a feature film about gangster Bugsy Siegel. Though he hated being called "Bugsy," it's the name by which most people know him. The movie explores his role in transforming a desert into the Las Vegas Strip, and how his vision ultimately creates something bigger than... more

Bugsy Siegel and the Flamingo Hotel

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

Flamingo Hotel owner Billy Wilkerson and mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel had been friendly since the mid-1930s, when Siegel was a regular at Wilkerson's famous Los Angeles nightclub, Ciro's on the Sunset Strip. By 1946, the long-time member of organized crime in New York and Los... more

Brady's Hot Springs

Places: Fernley, Lyon County, Northern Nevada

Brady's Hot Springs is located along the southeast side of U.S. Interstate 80 about twenty miles northeast of Fernley, Nevada. These are the Emigrant Springs of the Forty-Mile Desert described by early transients in the mid-1800s, and they have been variously referred to as Hot Springs, Brady... more

Bow Stave Trees

Places: Mineral County, Nye County, White Pine County, Northern Nevada, Southern Nevada

Approximately 1,500 years ago, a new technology swept across Nevada. The bow and arrow allowed Native Americans to kill animals from farther away with more precision than they could previously achieve with weapons such as the atlatl and spear. These improvements may have resulted in more successful... more

Boulder Dam Hotel

Places: Clark County, Boulder City, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

Completed in December 1933, the Boulder Dam Hotel was built to house the large number of tourists who wanted to visit Boulder Dam, as Hoover Dam was called at the time. Thousands came to southern Nevada to observe the construction of the dam, often taking a train that ran directly from Los Angeles... more

Bonneville Street

Places: Clark County, Las Vegas, Southern Nevada

[VR Morph by Howard Goldbaum]Although Bonneville has never been Las Vegas's most important street, its story mirrors the city's growth. It once lay almost at the western end of the original townsite auctioned off on May 15, 1905 the only street west of it was Garces. Like almost every other... more