Stone Cabin Trail at Spring Valley State Park, Nevada

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By Tom Garrison It always feels good to finish a project. A few years ago, my wife Deb and I decided to explore and hike the five Nevada state parks (out of 23) located within 40 miles of Panaca, population 963 (2010 census). Through the … [Read more...]

Mark Twain comments on Dayton’s Petrified Forest

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Dennis Cassinelli   My Great Grandfather, Pietro Cassinelli, an Italian emigrant, arrived in Dayton, Nevada in the late 1880s after working his way across America as a cowboy. Within a few years, he and his cousin, Bert, acquired a … [Read more...]

It was definitely the journey

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I bet not many of you have added the desire to attend a state legislative session to your bucket list but it’s been on mine for years. I guess that’s part of the political nerd in me. I tried to get a couple friends to go with me on a recent trip to … [Read more...]

Dayton’s Pony Express Stations

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Dennis Cassinelli   In 1849, Abner Blackburn and other prospectors heading to the California gold fields discovered the first Nevada gold where Gold Canyon reaches the Carson River at a place that later became Dayton. In the early 1850s, Spafford … [Read more...]

The Pyramid Lake Indian Wars

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Part 1: Williams Station Massacre Dennis Cassinelli         This is the first in a series of articles about some of the most tragic events in the history of Nevada. About once a month, I will send out a story to describe the events that forever … [Read more...]

The Stewart Indian School

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Dennis Cassinelli         The Pyramid Lake Indian War of 1860 marked the beginning of an extremely difficult time for the American Indian population of the Great Basin area. Until this time, the Indians and the European emigrants were able to … [Read more...]

Comstock Barbed Wire

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A compulsion to collect things is a well known human trait. For centuries, people have collected practically anything that interests them. This could be obvious things such as stamps and coins, or it could be the hundreds of varieties of beer cans, … [Read more...]

Chili? No Thanks, I’ll Have a Bowl of Fire

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by Tom Garrison © 2017 Tom Garrison My birthday falls in mid-January. My wife Deb and I have a long standing tradition of birthday hikes for both our birthdays. Since mine is in the dead of winter, we need a warm location. Maybe a … [Read more...]

Local Get-a-ways from Mesquite

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Living in Mesquite offers residence many close-by get-a-way choices. Beside our mild weather we have the advantage of location, location, Location.   Within one hour and 15 minutes of good freeway we are in one of the major exciting visitor’s … [Read more...]

Idaho Falls, name a town, name a town.

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How excited I was driving into town to see the falls famous for the town name, Idaho Falls. Like many others, I am sure; I was greatly surprised to see the conspicuously long line of a short drop falls. I must say I was disappointed. Not what I … [Read more...]