Blog

Joe Gans vs. “Battling” Nelson Fight

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Blog, Featured, Nevada History | 0 comments

Joe Gans vs. “Battling” Nelson Fight

During one of our “discover Nevada” trips, my wife Valorie and I headed to Goldfield, Nevada. My wife and I have always been huge boxing fans and though there were other things we wanted to see in Goldfield, we were excited to have …

read more

Philip Deidesheimer

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Nevada History | Comments Off on 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 of Deidesheimer. Today, Nevada history teachers seldom discuss the German Engineer, which is a shame in my opinion.  Philip Deidesheimer as you will...

read more

Bertha Raffetto

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog, Nevada History | Comments Off on 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.

read more

George ‘Tex’ Rickard

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Blog, Featured, Nevada History | 0 comments

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 largest town in Nevada, boasting a population of 15,000 to 20,000. The miners were thirsty for entertainment, and Goldfield’s who’s who wanted to put...

read more

Nevada Memories

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Nevada History | 0 comments

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 tradition in my family since the early 70’s, when my dad, my brother and I were invited to come along deer hunting with some friends in the Pine...

read more

Henry Clay Hooker

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Nevada History | 0 comments

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 moved to Hangtown, California; now called Placerville. Henry started and operated a mercantile business there, selling supplies to the miners. Once in...

read more

Memories in the Trees

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

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…

read more

Dick Graves, Gaming Pioneer

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Blog, Nevada History | 0 comments

Dick Graves, Gaming Pioneer

DICK GRAVES, NORTHERN NEVADA GAMING PIONEER     Although John Ascuaga has been a gaming innovator in his own right, John has been given credit for many gaming innovation that Dick Graves should be given credit for. Richard “Dick” Graves was a native of Idaho where he owned a slot route, but when Idaho outlawed gambling, Dick moved to Reno and bought a partnership in The Nugget on South Virginia Street and he also opened the first casino in Yerrington.  Graves purchased a 60 stool cafe in Sparks and installed 50 slot...

read more

Pat McCarran

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in Blog, Nevada History | Comments Off on Pat McCarran

Pat McCarran

We have named roads and airports in his honor, but most Nevadans don’t know who Pat McCarran was. I have heard and read many stories about Pat McCarran over the years; I hope the stories you are about to read will give you an insight to who and what Pat McCarran was.

read more

Bing Crosby, A True Nevadan

Posted by on Jul 1, 2011 in Blog, Featured, Nevada History | Comments Off on Bing Crosby, A True Nevadan

Bing Crosby, A True Nevadan

Most people knew Bing Crosby as a famous singer and actor, perhaps best remembered for his beautiful version of “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” But most don’t know that Bing Crosby was an avid hunter and fly fisherman, and even fewer knew him as an Elko cattle and horse rancher.

read more