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Literary Las Vegas: Friends of Red Rock Canyon

The Cultural Resources Committee of Friends of Red Rock Canyon monitors rock art and artifacts found in the conservation area. About three years ago, a proposal was made in a committee meeting to write a history of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area using the committee’s research as a launching point.

Chuck Williams, longtime committee member and president of the organization, headed up the project and recruited Cam Camburn, Crystalaura Jackson, Norm Kresge, Linda McCollum, Sharon Schaaf and Dan Wray to help craft the canyon’s story into the book “Seekers, Saints & Scoundrels: The Colorful Characters of Red Rock Canyon.” In the book, readers can learn of early explorers, settlers and more.

Excerpt:

Anderson had a Paiute wife named Kayer, known as Annie, from the Panamint Mountains on the western edge of Death Valley. She had given birth to a son named Jim by a transient miner named Jim Betts or Beck on October 14, 1874 (Rogers, 2000). George and Annie had a son named George Twison “Tweed” Anderson on October 28, 1876.

Numerous stories have circulated over the years about Tweed’s birth. Some say that Anderson’s wife died giving birth to Tweed on one of their freight trips. Tweed claimed he was born under a mesquite bush somewhere between Las Vegas and Boulder City and his mother died when he was three and his father died five years later. On April 13, 1959, the Las Vegas Sun claimed Tweed had been born in a primitive shack in 1876 at the Old Ranch on South Fifth St.

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