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Elmer Rusco

Elmer Rusco sought to serve the people of Northern Nevada through both scholarship and community activism. As a scholar, he created a foundational body of work on the historical experience of ethnic minorities in Nevada. As an activist, he devoted himself to a number of social justice causes and organizations, including the Nevada branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization he led through much of the 1970s.


Soon after its founding in 1868, Elko became a critical distribution point for the Central Pacific Railroad in northeastern Nevada, and quickly established itself as the central business hub for desolate Elko County. By February 1869, the budding town supported a rough and rowdy population with over sixty canvas tents. Later that year, Elko was selected as the seat of the county that bears its name. The town grew over time, with shipping, livestock, gaming, and mining as central to its economy. These remain important industries in Elko today.

Dr. James B. McMillan: Committed to Freedom

A month after Dr. James B. McMillan's death on March 20, 1999, the Nevada legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 49 on April 23 with the fitting conclusion that "Dr. James B.

Donald Worthington Reynolds

Donald W. Reynolds was one of Nevada's leading media moguls. Born in 1906 in Texas, he was raised in Oklahoma, where he started out by selling newspapers at the Oklahoma City railroad depot. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1927 and worked for several newspapers.

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

A Las Vegas-based foundation created in 1954 and built on a media empire has become one of the nation's leading philanthropic organizations.

Delphine Anderson Squires

Delphine Anderson Squires helped build the community of Las Vegas with her husband, Charles Pember "Pop" Squires. She was born in 1868 in Portage City, Wisconsin. As a child, Squires moved to Minnesota, where she met her future husband. She received a teaching degree in music from the state Normal School in Winona, Minnesota. The couple married in 1889, making their home in Redlands, California. They later moved to Los Angeles and had four children. C.P.


Delamar is a ghost town near the center of Lincoln County that prospered from mining for about a decade after 1892. At a time when Nevada was in the middle of its "twenty year depression," the discovery of gold ore was highly promising. Delamar was a modest prelude to the discovery and production of gold at Goldfield a decade later.


Dayton is at the western end of the Twenty-Six Mile Desert at a bend in the Carson River. Immigrants stopping there for water would consider whether to follow the river south or continue west, giving the location its first name, Ponderers Rest. In 1849, Abner Blackburn, while heading for California, discovered a gold nugget in nearby Gold Creek, one of the tributaries of the Carson River.


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