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Each month, View looks at a place, perhaps a road, a bridge or a building, that’s named for someone.This month, the Oliver Ranch is in the spotlight. Never heard of it? No surprise. It hasn’t been called that since 1993.
Among the things Liliam Lujan Hickey is known for are being the first Hispanic woman elected to the Nevada State Board of Education and helping to create the Classrooms On Wheels, a program that brought parenting and preschool programs to at-risk families on school buses painted in a Holstein cow pattern.
Thurman White takes the name of a longtime educator.
Ries Elementary School, 9805 S. Lindell Road, opened in 2005 and is named for Iowa native Aldeane Ries. She came to Las Vegas from Iowa as a joke with one of her sorority sisters but fell in love with the place and never left.
Ruthe Deskin was at the forefront of women and children’s issues in Southern Nevada. She died in 2004 at the age of 88, and the elementary school at 4550 N. Pioneer Way was named for her.
Green Valley Ranch Resort has transformed the former Ovation showroom to offer one game the community had been asking for — and bingo was its name-o.
The extinct horse, known as Equus scotti, has been definitively identified from bones recovered from a northwest Las Vegas hillside
For an all too brief time, the Moulin Rouge was an integrated oasis in a segregated Las Vegas. As much an ideal as a hotel, Las Vegas’ first interracial resort was so novel that it made the cover of Life magazine, granting it the imprimatur of mainstream pop culture cool.
On April 30, members of the Las Vegas High School Alumni Association unveiled the Senior Squares Monument at Las Vegas Academy, 315 S. Seventh St., the former site of Las Vegas High School.
Local dignitaries revealed a plaque designating the El Cortez Hotel and Casino on the National Register of Historic Places on Thursday downtown. The hotel becomes one of nearly 80,000 properties listed on the NRS. The business opened in 1941 making it the oldest continuously operated casino in Las Vegas.
Dennis Richard was talking to a teacher one day when she casually mentioned where she lived.
Red Rock Canyon’s beauty includes Mount Wilson, which stands 7,068 feet high and is one of the peaks overlooking Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. It is named for James Bernard Wilson, an early rancher who lived most of this life in the area.
If StoryCorps accomplishes nothing else in Las Vegas, it’ll be enough that the nonprofit organization has documented for future generations the oddly compelling fact that Alan Nakashima was born — seriously — at Santa Anita Park.
Summerlin woman recalls her time as Rosie the Riviter.
Joe Willis Street is in Summerlin off of Alta Drive and west of Town Center Drive. It’s not a name you’d likely know, not unless you were in the home building business up until 2005.
Betty Beason remembers her mother, Ida Belle Riggins, as being involved in all aspects of the Henderson community, no matter if it were with her church or the City Council.
If Sunrise Manor resident Chuck Muth has his way, soon the entire valley will be able to watch the sun rise over Mount Reagan.
Nathan Adelson Hospice will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year and is named for a man whose family was well-known in the Las Vegas Valley.
Because of his service as a teacher and principal in Henderson schools — even before the town was incorporated — Robert Taylor was honored as the namesake for a Henderson elementary school and street.
The naming of Great Basin Highway is twofold: how the artery got its name and where that name actually came from.