February 17, 2009
Mandy Keefer, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort
LAS VEGAS — Mandy Keefer manned the fort by herself Friday, a job the park ranger can handle without much difficulty during tough economic times when tourism is down and visitors are scarce.
On Fridays in past years the place would have been bustling with bus loads of schoolchildren eager to learn about the 1855 adobe fort built by pioneers that put Las Vegas on the map as a way station for travelers heading west.
On this day, though, and like most in recent months, the grounds inside Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park were empty. Only a few visitors milled around displays inside a museum at the entrance.
Read the complete story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
April 1, 2008
Reenactment of Nevada statehood conversation April 18 and 19 at Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort
LAS VEGAS—Join the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park on Friday, April 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. for a once-in-a-lifetime reenactment of President Lincoln and Secretary of War, Charles A. Dana’s conversation regarding Nevada’s statehood and the end of the Civil War.
This prologue will be presented by Michael Green, respected author and historian of the College of Southern Nevada. Live music with a choir will also be performing.
Entrance fees to the park include all the featured program activities and are $1.00 for adults. Children under 12 are free. Read the rest of this entry »
March 5, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nev.–Join Peter Huntoon, one of the country’s most respected bank-note researchers, authors and collectors, at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park on March 25, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. to speak about Civil War currency.
Live accordion music will be performed by Dean Burt, while you enjoy refreshments.
Civil War currency will be on display from March 24 through April 3, 2008, courtesy of Sahara Coin.
Entrance fee to the park includes all of the featured program activities and is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children, ages 6 through 12. Children under 6 are free. Read the rest of this entry »
January 14, 2008
It was tough living in Las Vegas in 1855. That’s the year that 30 Mormon missionaries from Utah established a small colony in the remote Las Vegas Valley.
Creating the settlement wasn’t an easy job. In addition to having no air conditioning or room service, colonists had to plant crops for food, erect their own places in which to live and cope with intolerably hot temperatures.
Read the complete story at the Backyard Traveler by Rich Moreno.
November 20, 2007
LAS VEGAS–History comes alive at the Old Mormon Fort State Historic Park when the gates open for the annual Pioneer Christmas Celebration on December 14 and 15 from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.
Take a step back in time and discover the pioneer era with live music, Christmas carols, aromas of authentic Dutch oven cooking and a Christmas story as pioneer children hang their stockings. An 1860s Christmas will be re-created as close to the time period as one can imagine, with Civil War soldiers welcoming a wagon train into the Old Fort. This nostalgic experience for adults and children is free to the public.
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May 15, 2007
The Nevada Division of State Parks will admit, free of charge, bicyclists who ride into any Nevada State Park the weekend of May 19-20, 2007, in celebration of National Bike Month.
Nevada State Parks include Lake Tahoe-Nevada (which includes the Spooner Backcountry), Valley of Fire, Spring Mountain Ranch, Lahontan, Floyd Lamb, Cathedral Gorge and Kershaw-Ryan. Read the rest of this entry »
April 30, 2007
Reconstruction of fort established by Mormons gives today’s visitors a glimpse of city’s rustic beginnings
LAS VEGAS–Probably the most overlooked tourist site in Las Vegas is also its lowliest in terms of glamor, glitz, size and neon. However, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park is worth a visit for a priceless lesson in pioneer history and as a contrast to the modern Las Vegas. Read the rest of the article at deseretnews.com.