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 … [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 … [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...]

The Legend of Montezuma Mountain

During the years when I traveled around the Great Basin while working for the Nevada State Highway Department, later known as NDOT, I occasionally crossed paths with some very interesting characters. One of these, who I will call Danny, claimed to be … [Read more...]

The Mackay Family silver service

Dennis Cassinelli When I was a student at the University of Nevada many years ago, one of my favorite hangouts was the museum at the Mackay School of Mines. This museum and the Mackay School of Mines were financed from the fortune of John W. … [Read more...]