Martin T. Smith

Philip Deidesheimer

Philip Deidesheimer

  Philip Deidesheimer   If you are old enough to remember watching “Bonanza” on television, or perhaps if you had a good Nevada history teacher, you may have heard of Philip Deideshesheimer. Appropriately for Nevadans, on October 31, 1959 the television series Bonanza aired an episode about Philip Deidesheimer.  Although not perfect, the episode was pretty   accurate in its portrayal...

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Bertha Raffetto

Bertha Raffetto

Read the story about how the Nevada state song – ‘Home Means Nevada’ – came to be written by Bertha Raffetto on May 29th, 1949. A recollection in the composer’s own words.

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George ‘Tex’ Rickard

George ‘Tex’ Rickard

George “Tex” Rickard was the greatest boxing promoter of all time. “Tex” Rickard dropped out of school at the age nine. He would become a cowboy, town marshal, rancher, miner, mine owner, gambling hall owner and the greatest boxing promoter of all time. After selling his mine in Alaska, Tex Rickard came to Goldfield, and opened the now famous Northern Saloon. At the time Goldfield was the...

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Nevada Memories

Nevada Memories

Nevada Memories In February, I took my wife up to Winnemucca and stayed overnight at the Winnemucca Inn, so we could have dinner at “The Martin”, The Martin Hotel Basque restaurant. The trip was kind of Valentine get away. Now, I know what you’re thinking, why in the world would anyone take their wife to Winnemucca for a Valentines get away? The truth is, Winnemucca and The Martin, have been a...

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Henry Clay Hooker

Henry Clay Hooker

  If you are scratching your head right now, thinking that you’ve heard the name of Henry Hooker, you probably have. Henry Hooker was played by Charlton Heston in the movie Tombstone. In real life Henry Hooker was a wealthy cattleman and a friend of Lawman Wyatt Earp. Henry helped Wyatt in his movement against “The Cowboys”. Henry wasn’t always a rich cattleman though. In the 1860’s Henry...

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Memories in the Trees

Memories in the Trees

A few weeks ago my friend and fishing buddy Ken Mattison sent a song to me recorded by well known local Nevada cowboy singers and poets, Texas Tom Weatherby and Dennis Golden. The song is called “Memories in the Trees”. In my mind the song is about, how the Basque in Nevada, who endured lonliness and solitude as if it was a badge of honor; but like most men, the honor was only a facade…

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