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Bill Tomiyasu

A Japanese immigrant is credited with finding and popularizing many of the trees and plants found today in Las Vegas Valley yards.

James Scrugham

An engineer by trade and a politician by chance, Nevada’s first state engineer brought prosperity to the place he was proud to call home.

Mark Harrington

An archaeologist who found paradise amid the ruins of the Lost City along the banks of the Muddy River proved Nevada was inhabited long before modern times.

David G. Lorenzi

A Frenchman’s dream of not one but two lakes in the desert with recreational facilities for all became a magnet for heat-stricken Las Vegans and tourists alike.

Bob Hausler

The aviation age took flight in Las Vegas largely through the efforts of one man who put the growing town on aviators’ maps by making Anderson Field planeworthy.

Robert Griffith

While he had dreams of helping build a city brick by brick, a civil engineer soon became a civil servant whose eye on the sky brought air service to Southern Nevada.

Maude Frazier

A woman who was unimpressed with what others thought she should and should not do made a life of teaching Southern Nevada’s children to think for themselves.

Harley Harmon

As district attorney for a county just coming into its own, a self-taught lawyer set a high standard for law enforcement amid an influx of lawlessness.

A.E. Cahlan

The valley’s political and civic future was shaped in part by two brothers, one of whom built the Review-Journal into the state’s largest newspaper.

Florence Lee Jones

Chronicling the events — whether they were tea parties or murder trials — that made Las Vegas the city it is today was this journalist’s first love; her second love was the city itself.

Frank Crowe

A civil engineer who went from public to private employment just for the chance to build Hoover Dam realized his dream and put Las Vegas and Boulder City on the map.

Sims Ely

The rigid influence of the man who controlled the lives of the workers who built Hoover Dam, and the town where they lived, is still felt in that town’s legacy of no gambling.

Mayme Stocker

To keep her railroad-working husband and sons respectable, a woman who had no background in gaming held Las Vegas’ first casino license.

Tony Cornero

After selling the trailblazing Meadows, Admiral Cornero took to the high seas, but his Stardust dreams left their mark on the Strip.

Biden urges Congress to ‘finish the job’ during State of Union

President Joe Biden exhorted Republicans over and again Tuesday night to work with him to “finish the job” of rebuilding the economy and uniting the nation as he delivered a State of the Union address meant to reassure a country beset by pessimism and fraught political divisions.