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The town of Alamo is located on U.S. Highway 93 in the Pahranagat Valley, an oasis in southwestern Lincoln County, approximately 100 miles north of Las Vegas. The town was named for its numerous cottonwood trees, “alamo” being the Spanish word for the tree.

Al Livingston

Al Livingston, one of Nevada's first settlers, became an architect of a tourism approach to the state's budget woes at the end of the nineteenth century.

Zoria Zetaruk

Zoria Zetaruk is a unique Nevada treasure. She was born in Alberta, Canada, to Ukrainian immigrant parents and grew up with the traditions, foods, and crafts of that culture. She learned the art of pysanky, or decorated eggs, from her mother, who used to pretend she couldn't see well in order to get Zoria to draw the designs for her.

African Methodist Episcopal Church in Virginia City

The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and congregation in Virginia City functioned as one of two congregations organized, administered, and attended by African American residents of the Comstock during the peak years of the 1860s and 1870s.

African Americans on the Comstock

African Americans came to the western Great Basin in the 1850s. Some were former slaves seeking freedom, while others were freeborn. All sought opportunity. Although the western environment did not have the same level of oppression as the East, African Americans encountered racism both from individuals and eventually from government. Nevertheless, most established prosperous lives and enjoyed the occasional open-minded freedom of the frontier.

Adrian C. Louis

Adrian C. Louis (1946-present) was born and raised in Nevada. He is the eldest of twelve children, and an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Indian Tribe.

Adolph Sutro

Adolph Sutro was a remarkable character whose tunnel remains a legend in the history of mining. Born to Prussian Jewish parents, he immigrated to North America at age twenty in 1850. Sutro tinkered with mechanics while young, but throughout his life he applied himself to a wide range of occupations and diversions. Once in the United States, he set off for San Francisco and became a store owner. By 1856, he was married to Leah Harris, who soon gave birth to a daughter.

Adam Fortunate Eagle

Although he is a Chippewa from Minnesota, Adam Fortunate Eagle has become an established artist in Nevada's native American community.

Abandonment of Lost City

The end of the Anasazi occupation of Nevada's Lost City is an ongoing research question for archaeologists. Some of the reasons considered are long-term drought, overpopulation, disease, or competition for resources. Social issues and religion may have also contributed. A combination of all of these was probably responsible for the end of Anasazi culture in this area.


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