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The First 100

Anna Dean Kepper

Despite a relatively short stay in the valley, a woman’s drive sparked true interest and inspired other preservationists to keep the area’s history alive.

John Seibold

Tapping into the international market, an engineer whose hobby was flying planes decided to give his passengers a grand view of the Grand Canyon.

Patricia Marchese

Bringing art and recreational opportunities to the desert has been one woman’s quest — a goal she has attained in many different ways at many different venues.

Don Laughlin

After leaving high school because he was making a bundle of money gambling, a boy from Minnesota founded a town in Nevada that bears his name and his luck.

Jerry Tarkanian

The man who put UNLV on the map brought both prosperity and negative publicity to the university and its basketball program.

Jean Ford

A driven woman with a knack for organization and a thirst for politics worked hard all her adult life to make Nevada a better place to live.

Harry Reid

After some wins and losses in the political arena, a man whose hard-rock miner father’s independence is etched in his character finds himself as the Democratic whip of the U.S. Senate.

Alfreda Mitre

A woman who grew up as one of The Colony kids brings her people into the 20th century and helps them become self-sufficient in a somewhat selfish world.

Bob Stupak

He earned his gift of gab at the heels of his father, then brought his schtick to Las Vegas, bet against the odds, and won.

Steve Wynn

In a bloodless coup with the help of a banker-turned-mentor, a boy from back East took over a downtown hotel and everything he touched from then on was golden.

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