Ash Springs Petroglyph Site

by Tom Garrison © 2017 Tom Garrison I dare say most of us love a good archeological adventure story. After all, Raiders of the Lost Ark was a huge hit. A feature in all such movies is deciphering some ancient writing. If you enjoy playing … [Read more...]

The USS Nevada Silver Service

By Dennis Cassinelli The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii occurred on December 7, 1941. I have visited Pearl Harbor and the memorial aboard the USS Arizona, and I also served in the United States Naval Reserve. As a tour guide at the Nevada … [Read more...]

The St. Charles Hotel

Dennis Cassinelli         The oldest continuous operating hotel in Nevada is the historic St. Charles Hotel, built in 1862. Located at the corner of third and Carson Street, there were originally two hotels, The three story St. Charles and the two … [Read more...]

A magical day at Lytle Ranch

The November weather was perfect as 16 hikers from the Mesquite Desert Dames made a long-awaited visit to Lytle Ranch Preserve.  It was worth the wait, and many vowed it would not be their last visit to this hidden oasis at the edge of Beaver Dam … [Read more...]

“Silver bar” discovery at former Carson City mint

Dennis Cassinelli         In January, 1999 Cassinelli Construction Co. was employed by Nevada State Public Works Department to remove a portion of Carolyn Street at the Nevada State Museum to construct a parking lot and build a small park facing Ca … [Read more...]

White Owl Canyon Trail: Slots in the Wilderness

by Tom Garrison © 2017 Tom Garrison Upon hearing the words slot(s) and Nevada, most people immediately imagine slot machines and gambling. I have no problem with gambling (I’ve been known to occasionally try my luck), but slots in Nevada ca … [Read more...]

“Silver bar” discovery at former Carson City mint

Dennis Cassinelli         In January, 1999 Cassinelli Construction Co. was employed by Nevada State Public Works Department to remove a portion of Carolyn Street at the Nevada State Museum to construct a parking lot and build a small park facing Ca … [Read more...]

Icebox Canyon Trail: Chillin’ Near Las Vegas

by Tom Garrison Nevada beckons. My wife Deb and I decided to explore Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) near Las Vegas. Our specific destination is Icebox Canyon Trail—a popular hike in one of our favorite environments, a deep … [Read more...]

The history of railroad design

Dennis Cassinelli           It was November 12th, 1869 that the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Locomotive LYON first chugged across the Crown Point Trestle to signal the beginning of the fabulous history of the country’s most famous short line railr … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Fort Churchill

Dennis Cassinelli           Just one year after silver was discovered in the Comstock Lode, a band of Paiute and Bannock Indians attacked several white settlers at Williams Station about 30 miles east of Virginia City along the Carson River. The st … [Read more...]