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Carleton Eugene Watkins

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 well-qualified to capture the varied terrain of Nevada, from the forests of Lake Tahoe to the mountainous Virginia City.

Cairn - A Sculpture by Celeste Roberge

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.

C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation

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 Anthony Zuiker.

Burning Man

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 of spontaneity that borders on anarchy. The nature of the event may vary from year to year or from person to person, emphasizing both the individual and communal experiences.

Bugsy, The Movie

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 imagined.

Bonanza Television Show

Bonanza, the long-running NBC television series, features Lake Tahoe and Virginia City settings. The series gives Nevada its strongest tie with westerns since it has been watched by millions for more than five decades in its original telecasts and in syndication. The series began in 1959 and continued for 14 seasons covering 430 episodes. These then went into syndication on specialty networks and many are available on video and DVD.

Bill Maloy

Bill Maloy was a quiet presence in Nevada's cowboy gear-making community for over fifty years, crafting exquisitely tooled saddles for those in the know.

Bernard Schopen

Bernard Schopen was born in 1942 in Deadwood, South Dakota. He earned bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees at the University of Washington, and completed his PhD in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he has taught since 1990. Schopen is truly a western writer. His books deal with California novelist Ross Macdonald, or the various landscapes of Nevada—the setting for his three detective novels—which center on their narrator-protagonist, Jack Ross.

Basque Folklife

Many of the Basque folkways that we see today in Nevada formed part of the cultural baggage of Basque immigrants, and first found collective expression here within the context of ostatuak, or Basque boarding houses. These establishments, which began to open their doors as early as the 1860s, served Basques who were engaged primarily in the sheep industry and in mining.

Bagpipes in Nevada

In 1869, Journalist Alf Doten noted that Virginia City's annual celebration of Robert Burns, Scotland's Poet Laureate, included "a highland piper in costume." Scottish dance competitions at Nevada's nineteenth-century Highland games would have also required the presence of a piper.


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