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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Nevada’s Hidden Cave

 Dennis Cassinelli         About 10 miles southeast of Fallon, Nevada on US Highway 50, there is a place known as the Grimes Point Archaeological Area. Over the last 10,000-21,000 years, the level of ancient Lake Lahontan fluctuated widely due to … [Read more...]

Stone Cabin Trail at Spring Valley State Park, Nevada

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

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...]