Cathedral Gorge State Park

When I was working along U.S. Highway 93 in southern Nevada many yeas ago, I happened to see Cathedral Gorge for the first time. I was amazed at the beauty of the formations in the canyon and the dramatic vertical sided narrow canyons typical of the … [Read more...]

Hank Monk: A stage driver to get you there on time

Very few images define the spirit of the Old West more than the colorful picture of a stagecoach dashing through the spectacular scenery of the western mountains drawn by a team of four or six beautiful horses. For very good reason, this image has … [Read more...]

Mark Twain, Lake Tahoe Timber Baron

Part 2 -  The Inferno Dennis Cassinelli      Having worked for over eight years at Glenbrook and navigated my own boat along the east and north shores of Lake Tahoe, I feel I can easily trace the route taken and where the timber camp Sam Clemens a … [Read more...]

Mark Twain, Lake Tahoe Timber Baron

Part 1 - The Irish Brigade Dennis Cassinelli Young Samuel Clemens came to the Nevada Territory with his Brother, Orion, by stagecoach in 1861. For several years, Sam tried his hand at different vocations, searching for one that did not … [Read more...]

The Nevada Northern Railway

Railroads have been some of the most important developments in the history of the State of Nevada. It was railroads that connected the many scattered growing cities and mining districts to create means of transportation even more efficient than … [Read more...]

The re-discovery of the Fremont Cannon

 In the fall of 1843, the exploration expedition of John C. Fremont accompanied by his guide, Kit Carson, entered northern Nevada from Oregon, after reaching the Pacific Ocean from the Oregon Trail. Fremont had decided to travel south, rather than ret … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Lehman Caves

For several years before the area now known as the Great Basin National Park was created, my family and I hunted, camped and visited the area, including the spectacular Lehman caves. Discovered by rancher Absolom S. Lehman and others in 1885 and … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Central Pacific Railroad

2018 is the 150th anniversary of the Central Pacific railroad reaching Reno, Nevada. From Reno, the track was laid across the entire state and connected the towns of Verdi, Reno, Sparks, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Carlin, Elko, Wells and W … [Read more...]

An up-close sighting of pronghorn antelope

On a recent hunting/camping trip to Humboldt and Elko counties, my son, John, and I had a remarkable closeup experience with a group of the elusive pronghorn antelope abundant in the area. It is rare to approach very close to these beautiful animals, … [Read more...]

The Walking Rocks of the Fernley Marsh

As I travel around the Nevada deserts and mountains, I sometimes find things out there that defy description and logic. When I was working as an inspector on a highway construction project on Interstate 80 near Fernley Nevada a few years ago, I … [Read more...]