Ingenious pitch coated Paiute water baskets

Dennis Cassinelli       I have always had an interest in American Indian artifacts since I grew up on a farm where such items could be found in the plowed fields. As a boy, I found manos, metates, projectile points and other non-perishable artifacts … [Read more...]

Where to hunt for mammoths in Nevada

  I hope the title of my article does not prompt some local nimrods to apply to the Nevada Department of Wildlife for a mammoth tag. On the other hand, I can tell you with some authority that at one time, mammoth and other giant animals left over … [Read more...]

Farewell to the outhouses

Every year in October, Virginia City, Nevada celebrates their annual outhouse races. The 2018 races will be held October 6th and 7th. PottyHumor abounds at this Virginia City tradition dating back to the day when outdoor plumbing was outlawed … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]