Old Virginia, Gourmet camp cook

Dennis Cassinelli       The name of Virginia City is said to have been given by James Finney, one of the original prospectors who made the discovery of the famous Comstock Lode. Being from the state of Virginia, Finney became known by the other … [Read more...]

“Jeanne, I don’t think you should be living alone any more.”

By Paul Benedict At 91 years old, the time had come. Mom had lived alone in a nice apartment in Mesquite for 8 years, her fat black cat, Onyx, her only companion. She loved Mesquite, she hated snow, and we were happy she lived near us. We were … [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...]

Hiking Southern Nevada

Hiking Southern Nevada, Volume One is available in paperback format. Each of the 25 hikes described in the guide originally appeared as a published story in The Spectrum (St. George, UT); Mesquite Local News (Mesquite, NV); The Sun Runner (Joshua … [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...]

Bristlecone pines in Nevada

Dennis Cassinelli      In the 1960s, family members and I often hunted deer in the Wheeler Peak area of White Pine County. This area has now become the Great Basin National Park. Knowing that mule deer prefer the high ridges in the early part of … [Read more...]

Nevada bunkhouse displayed at the Smithsonian

Dennis Cassinelli         The town of Paradise valley lies about 40 miles north of Winnemucca, Nevada. It is a beautiful old town like something out of an old western cowboy movie. The valley is dotted with large active cattle ranches … [Read more...]

Bowers Mansion

By Dennis Cassinelli One of the most elegant displays of wealth from the Comstock is the wonderful mansion built by Sandy Bowers and Eilley Orrum. It is the finest example of the homes built in Nevada by the new millionaires of the Comstock mining … [Read more...]

Big Game Hunting in Nevada

Dennis Cassinelli         Big Game Hunting has been a family tradition for many Nevada families, including my own. I know that there are many people who disagree with the concept of hunting big game animals and would prefer that no one should have … [Read more...]

Artifacts recovered from Lovelock cave.

Dennis Cassinelli       In this, the second article about Lovelock Cave, I will describe a few of the thousands of artifacts recovered from the site between 1912 and 1924. The remarkable things about Lovelock Cave were the state of preservation in … [Read more...]