While other scouts and adventurers may have come through the valley first, a son of scandal is noted for pointing travelers toward the future Sin City.
A group of missionaries headed by a man from Philadelphia braved the desert heat and founded the Las Vegas Mission of the Mormon Church in an effort to convert the area’s Indians.
The search for gold, fame and fortune eluded O.D. Gass throughout his lifetime, part of which was spent in the portion of the Arizona Territory now known as Clark County.
Living in the Muddy River country was difficult, but there was at least one man who was up to the task and he took to task anyone who got in his way.
Longing for a city with social graces a young mother — gracefully accepted her role as the grand dame of Southern Nevada.
Visions of gold in the Lost Dutchman Mine led an independent pipe-smoking speculator to a dusty ridge where he found enough ore to strike it rich in Searchlight.
A man full of contradictions — and remembered most for buying a Senate seat — left his name to the county that Las Vegas calls home.
In on the ground floor, the railroad’s man kept his lip buttoned during his tenure while holding other offices such as postmaster and water agent.
A one-time railroad surveyor takes on his former employer over water service and finds a home amid the splendor of the mountains and valleys of Southern Nevada.
An honest man who knew how to break up a drunken brawl without a gun, Clark County’s first sheriff decided to bow out when he was asked to enforce laws he didn’t believe in himself.