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The First 100

John C. Fremont

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.

William Bringhurst

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.

O.D. Gass

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.

Ute Warren Perkins

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.

Helen Stewart

Longing for a city with social graces a young mother — gracefully accepted her role as the grand dame of Southern Nevada.

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George Colton

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.

William Andrews Clark

A man full of contradictions — and remembered most for buying a Senate seat — left his name to the county that Las Vegas calls home.

Walter Bracken

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.

J.T. McWilliams

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.

Sam Gay

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.

C.P. Squires

A Minnesota man who saw a desert way station as the land of opportunity first established a bank but found his niche in newspapers, where he brought his vision for the valley to the masses.

Peter Buol

When he discovered he didn’t have a big enough bankroll to invest in booming Goldfield, the first mayor of Las Vegas decided the way to fame and fortune was via the valley’s artesian wells.

Ed Clark

Although it is named for another man, this entrepreneur was instrumental in establishing Clark County, its financial institutions and its utilities.

Queho

An American Indian who chose to live his life by his own rules found himself at odds with the white residents of early Clark County.

Roy Martin

For $10 he won from a foot race a young physician bought a practice in Las Vegas and stayed another 38 years, bringing his kindness and knowledge to the growing boomtown.

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