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Naming Las Vegas: the Tiberti Group

Signs for the Tiberti Co. can be seen all over the Las Vegas Valley — from the fencing near the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign to the VA hospital in North Las Vegas to parks and various government buildings. Tiberti is now the largest fence company in the state. Tiberti was also the general contractor for the construction of Bishop Gorman High School, and a number of Tiberti family members are alumni. As a tribute, the school named its conference room the J.A. Tiberti Conference Room.

Naming Las Vegas: Brent Thurman Way

Brent Thurman Way is a frontage road just off the 215 Beltway between Sunset Road and Tropicana Avenue. In 2008, it was named for Brent Cullen Thurman, who died while competing in the 1994 National Finals Rodeo.

Oliver Ranch has a moonshining legacy

Oliver Ranch was initially part of the leased grazing grounds for the Wilson Ranch (now known as Spring Mountain Ranch State Park). The Oliver Ranch was originally owned by William “Bill” Morgan, who created the Morgan Ranch when he homesteaded 160 acres around 1920. His brother, Reese, was listed as part-owner but is not believed to have lived there.

Naming Las Vegas: Mark Howard Classroom

Community events at MountainView Hospital, 3100 N. Tenaya Way, are often held in the Mark Howard Classroom. Howard’s is not a household name, but it has significance for the facility: He was its first president and CEO.