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    Mojave Desert Outdoor Classroom

    by Yaqui Written Jan 31, 2014

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    Located at the museum is a wonderful trail for all to enjoy. We ventured around the trail and saw many wonderful animals such as rabbits and quails. Along the trail you will see creosote bushes, white bursages, pinyon Junipers, barrel cactus, honey mesquite, screwbean mesquite, fremont cottonwoods, and many other types of plants. There is a beautiful little pond to enjoy.

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    Top to Toe ~Clark County Musuem

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    They have a wonderful displays dedicated to the American Hats and Shoes and how the styles changed over the centuries such as the Gilded Age, Space Age, Digital Age, Fedoras of the 20s, veil-draped millinery of the ’40s, Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars of childhood, or two-toned vinyl platform shoes from the ‘70s. It's very interesting!

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    Clark County Museum~Anna Robert Parks Exhibit Hall

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    The main building is called the Anna Robert Parks Exhibit Hall. The exhibits are a historical journey from the Ice Age to Age of Entertainment. They have a wonderful exhibits dedicated to the culture of the ancient Pueblo and Paiute Native Amercians. There are wonderful displays of the first pioneers and the tools they used everyday. There are many other exhibits dedicated the mining, gaming and entertainment industry.

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    Model 0-6-0 Steam Switch Engine 1918

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    Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1918
    Union Pacific Railroad #4442
    Length: 42' 2'
    Weight: 162,000 pounds
    Use: Making up of freight and passenger trains.
    Service: Omaha, Nebraska rail yard
    1918-1958~Clark Country Museum

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    Grand Canyon Airlines Ticket Office 1936-1938

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    The Grand Canyon Airlines, owned by famed flier Glover R. "Roxie" Ruckstell, first flew from Boulder City on June 15, 1936. Ruckstell had this wood frame terminal building constructed at the edge of the airport. Passengers could sit on folding chairs on the open porch.

    In 1938, a new terminal building opened and Ruckstell had this building moved to the hill behind Arizona Street with the address 618. It became the home of Henry and Ocie Bradley, the first black residents allowed to live in Boulder City. Henry was a chauffer for Grand Canyon-Boulder Dam Tours, while his wife, Ocie, made the box lunches served on TWA flights out of Boulder City.~Clark County Museum.

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    The Railroad Cottage 1909-1911

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    The railroad played an important role in Las Vegas early days. With the creation of Clark's Las Vegas Townsite in 1905, the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad formed a corporation to handle their interests. The corporation was named "The Las Vegas Land and Water Company." Between 1909 and 1911, the corporation built 64 houses for railroad employees. There were four-room and five-room cottages and four exterior elevations. The were constructed of cement block with an open front porch and a rear screen porch. After submitting a request for the privilege of residing in one of the cottages, early tenants, mostly upper-level and long-term employees, paid a monthly rent of $18 or $20 with a future option to buy. Some were purchased immediately for cash. The historic railroad cottage neighborhood has been slowly demolished with the development of downtown Las Vegas. In 1978 there were 41 cottages, in 1984 there 37, in 2001 there were 13 and today only 5 remain in their original location. This cottage was located at 521 Third Street. It had been owned by the Cram family and was the most desirable for restoration since it retained many of its original features.~Clark County Museum

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    Boulder Mining Scale House 1930s

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    Located along the mining trail is a scale house from the Bureau of Mines that was located in Boulder City. It was built in the 1930s during the construction of Hoover Dam and had a large drive-on weigh scale in front. It was moved to the museum in 2003. This buidling now houses exhibits on area mining. Mining trail brochures are located in boxes at both ends of the mining area.

    Located near the Ghost town is a recreated Paiute village. These summer shelters (often referred to as Wickiups) were framed with larger braches and covered with brush.~Clark County Museum~Clark County Museum

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    Ghost Town & Mining Trail 1880s-1950s

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    Doby Doc collected buildings, wagons, trains and memorabilia from various northern Nevada towns. In the late 1940s, the collection, along with new construction, was assembled into an old western town on the Las Vegas Strip near the Frontier Hotel. It was called The Last Frontier Village.

    In the early 1960s, the village closed and the buildings were moved southeast of Boulder City to Fort Lucinda, which later became the Gold Strike casiono/hotel. To make room for new hotel construction, the Gold Strike needed the buildings moved and offered them to the Clark County Museum. Only the jail, toll cabin and store were stable enough to be moved.

    The blacksmith shop is new construction done as an Eagle Scout project in 1997. The area is left in a state of "arrested decay" to appear as a ghost town.

    Tuscarora Jail: Tuscarora, Nevada, c.1880
    Toll Cabin: Lamoille, Nevada, c. 1880
    General Store: Last Frontier Village, c.1950~Clark County Museum

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    Candlelight Wedding Chapel 1966

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    The Candlelight Wedding Chapel opened in 1966 as the Chapel of the West Algiers. The owner, Jack Walsh, also owned the Algiers Hotel. Later it became the All Religions Chapel, and finally the Candlelight Wedding Chapel. In the 1970s Gordon Gust came to work there and ended up buying the business, although not the property or building.

    During his more than 30 years there Gust saw many celebrity wedding, and claims the record for most weddings performed in a single day at any wedding chapel (425). Some of the celebrities married at the Chapel include Sir Michael Caine, Whoopi Goldberg, Better Midler, singer Barry White, and Gust's personal favorite, Clayton Moore (the Lone Ranger).

    In 2003 the Candlelight closed and sat for a time vacant and vandalized. Gordon Gust generously purchased the buidling from its owner and donated it to the County. The County found money to move the building in early 2007, when it made its way down the Strip and out Boulder Highway.

    With grants from the Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Authority and the Nevada Commission on Cultural Affairs, the building was restored and opened on Nov 4, 2009 in time for the Clark County Centennial celebration.~Clark County Museum

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    Esslinger Barn 1955

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    Allen and Helene Esslinger homesteaded 5 acres of land in the western part of the Las Vegas Valley in the early 1950s. They paid a $10 application fee to the U.S. Department of the Interior and then a $375 filing fee for the 5 acres.

    The Esslingers moved an old house from downtown Las Vegas and with the help of a friend from Montana, built this barn by hand. The barn became the landmark for that area of town. Everyone gave directions by saying, "Just look for the big red barn on the side of the hill."

    The barn was used for many purposes including antique auto restoration, parties, and storage. The Esslinger's daughter, Karen used the loft as a playhouse.

    Helene died in 1998. The barn was donated to the museum by Allen, Karen and daughter Julie. Allen died in 2004. It now houses personal items from the Esslinger famly and artifacts that depict the many uses of barns, from cows and horses to farm equipment and wagons.~Clark County Musuem

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    Box Car 1920 & Caboose 1940

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    Located west of the depot are 1920's box car, a 1940 caboose and a crossing signal. A passenger/baggage combination car is located on the east side. The caboose was open, so we explored it. Very interesting to see how and where the train engineers worked and lived on the train . ~Clark County Musuem.

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    Boulder City Depot 1931

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    This depot was built to handle passengers and freight for Boulder City and Hoover Dam. When it was first constructed, it was about half this size, but soon, more space was added to the freight area. Passenger service did not last long because it was not profitable.

    The front portion was the office area. A large floor scale is located at the front of the freight area. A small walled area was used for supplies. This area now houses a kitchen, as the back portion of the depot is used for meetings and luncheons.

    A baggae cart and bench from the Las Vegas Depot are on exhibit as well various trunks and suitcases.~Clark County Museum.

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    Townsite House 1942

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    In 1941, a magnesium processing plant was built on vacant land between Las Vegas and Boulder City. In 1942, to house the workers of B.M.I., a Townsite was built that included 297 three-bedroom homes and 703 two bedroom homes. This house is one of the three-bedroom homes.

    The houses were considered to be temporary at the time they were built. The exterior is of redwood siding. The interior walls are made of 1/4 plywood with batten strips covering the seams. The windows are situated to provide cross ventilation and a six sided swamp cooler provided comfort during hot weather.

    Besides housing, the Townsite also had stores, schools, two churches, a library, theater, hospital, and bowling alley. On January 1, 1944, a Post Office was completed and the Townsite officially became Henderson. It was named in honor of Charles B. Henderson, a Nevada attorney and U.S. Senator.

    Due to the development of a small apartment complex, this house was donated to the museum. Parts from other Townsite houses helped complete the renovation of this house.~Clark County Museum.

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    Babcock & Wilcock House 1933

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    To house the workers during the construction of Hoover Dam, the Government set aside two million dollars for the construction of Boulder City. Different types of houses and service buildings were built. Twelve houses were constructed in April of 1933 for Babcock and Wilcock Company employees by contractor Paul S Webb. They were designed by architect E.D.Wagner of Akron, Ohio. This house is one of those twelve.

    This two bedroom home had a half-basement accessible from the laundry porch. The screened porch often served as a sleeping porch during the hot nights of summer.

    The orginal residents of this house (1933-1936) were Carl and Bessie Butin and their daughter Mary Ellen. The Butins were from Ohio and moved to Boulder City when Carl, a mechnical engineer, was hired by the Babcock and Wilcox Company.

    After the completion of Hoover Dam the homes were acquired by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The company used them as housing for their employees living in Boulder City.

    In 1987, the houses were auctioned and had to be removed from their original location to make room for a new post office. This house was donated to the museum.~Clark County Museum.

    Note: When we entered the main musuem, my hubby asked the lady who worked in the museum if any of the buildings were haunted as a joke and she said kind of serious, I will let you find that out and smiled. Once we started to explore and totally forgot the little joke with the lady at the museum. I was making a comment how cute the little cat was on the bed in the bedroom. I heard this little girls giggle. It was clear. I froze and my hubby was in the other room and came immediately to where I was and asked if I heard what he heard...a giggle. An interesting experience;)

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    Giles/Barcus House 1924

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    Originally located in Goldfield, NV on 57 E. Hacienda LS, the cottage was built in 1924 when Goldfield was a mining boomtown from 1903 to the 1920s. It once had a population of 20,000 with five banks, two daily and three weekly newspapers, two stock exchanges, three railroads, and four schools. Edwin Schofield Giles and his wife Edith Corliss and daughter Edith moved from Colorado to Goldfield in 1907. Ed Giles was a mining engineer, consultant and surveyor. Their living quarters ranged form a wagon to a tent to various hotels and houses until acquiring this 26 by 24 cottage in 1928.

    Many homes in Goldfield only had outhouses for tolit facilities. By the 1920s, when this house was built, a bathroom with indoor toilet, pedestal sink and a shower made it quite modern.

    When Edith Giles Barcus (daugher) moved to Las Vegas in 1955, she couldn't leave her home behind. She had it moved to the corner of Hacienda and Giles streets where it served as the Odd Shop, an antique store. She made provisions for this house to be donated to the museum upon her death.~Clark County Museum.

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