State History: Stagecoach Travel in Nevada

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), traveled by stagecoach across the Territory of Nevada in 1860 with his brother, Orion. At that time, the most convenient method of traveling any long distance was either by stagecoach, or by horseback. Twain wrote about his journey from Missouri to Carson City in his classic book, “Roughing It.” Several stage… [More…]

Indian Artifacts Can Be Found Almost Anywhere

Ever since I grew up on a ranch that had been an old Indian village site, I have had a special fascination for Indian artifacts. Arrowheads, beads, scrapers, and fragments of other stone tools can still be found just about anywhere in the mountains, fields, and deserts of the Great Basin. There are laws against… [More…]

Nevada’s Fort Churchill Remains a Sight to See

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 station was burned and several men were murdered. When word of the attack reached the Comstock, a volunteer… [More…]

Nevada’s Hidden Cave

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 natural climate changes. At times, the water was so high, it formed a fresh water lake that extended… [More…]

Pony Bob Haslam and the Pony Express

Much has been written about the Pony Express and the place it has occupied in the History of the American West. Many of the stories written about the Pony Express were romanticized fictional accounts. One true story about the Pony Express that is well documented is the exciting adventures of of Pony Bob Haslam. Born… [More…]

The Stewart Indian School

The Pyramid Lake Indian War of 1860 marked the beginning of an extremely difficult time for the American Indian population of the Great Basin area. Until this time, the Indians and the European emigrants were able to tolerate each other with just a few exceptions. When silver was discovered on the Comstock Lode in 1859,… [More…]

Comstock barbed wire

A compulsion to collect things is a well known human trait. For centuries, people have collected practically anything that interests them. This could be obvious things such as stamps and coins, or it could be the hundreds of varieties of beer cans, arrowheads, antique bottles or samples of antique barbed wire. I must admit that… [More…]

Hank Monk: A stage driver to get you there on time

Very few images define the spirit of the Old West more than a colorful picture of a stage coach dashing through the spectacular scenery of the western mountains drawn by a team of four or six beautiful horses. For very good reason, this image has been adopted as the trade mark of the Wells Fargo… [More…]

Prehistoric Global Warming

Now that winter has set in, I want to discuss global warming and climate change in general, and in a way that you have likely never seen or heard about before. It seems that this topic is a priority in the world of politicians and the news media who seem to be obsessed about what… [More…]

Nevada History: The Terrible Winter of 1889

Snowfall was early and heavy in December 1889, and Nevada stockmen were jubilant at the end of a long dry spell. The snow continued to fall, and by mid-January train service at all Nevada points came to a standstill. From Wyoming west, the country was in the grip of a disastrous winter. Sheep and cattle… [More…]