Cammy Meierhof spins tales of her youth as she leads the annual history walk for the Mesquite Senior Games. A lifelong resident of Mesquite, Cammy is the perfect leader for the curious group of 30 who met at the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum on March 16.
Anxious to learn more about Mesquite’s early days, the group walked a loop of the historic section of downtown Mesquite. Cammy always has a humorous story to tell as she recounts the days when farmsteads and pastures lined the street.
The group circled back to the museum for a close look at the display of old time photos, handmade quilts and thousands of artifacts that have been collected over the years. A sumptuous lunch is served each year by Keller Williams realtor Michele Burkett, and
Museum director Elspeth Kuta welcomes the walkers. Many have never visited the museum, and Elspeth is pleased to point out some of the most unusual items in the collection of Mesquite memorabilia, such as the massive movie projector from the old Elwood Theatre.
The museum occupies the stone building on Mesquite Boulevard that was built during World War II. The building has served many purposes over the years, including being Mesquite’s health facility under the gentle care of nurse Bertha Howe. Bertha and her husband lived in the rear of the building while the front room served as the hospital where a number of babies were born in the late 1940s-early 1950s.
This year’s beautiful weather encouraged the walkers to linger in the museum’s garden and enjoy lunch in the sunshine, reminiscing about Mesquite’s “good old days.”