|(Fig. 01A - Museum Building)|
and bathrooms. The inside exhibits of the museum takes museum visitors through a historical journey from the Ice Age to Age of Entertainment (Fig. 01A). The timeline chronicles the history and culture of the ancient Pueblo and more recent Paiute, the first Anglo pioneers and their daily lives, early town-sites and land auction camps, mining technology and the gaming and entertainment heritage of Las Vegas. The Heritage Gallery changing exhibits feature art and artifacts in their historical context. There's lots of great old Vegas memorabilia. Each of these exhibits are very well done and provide lots of historical information. The outside area of the museum property is about 30 acres in size (Fig. 02). There is an Old ghost town type buildings, wagons and a Mojave Desert nature walking trail. A huge old Union Pacific locomotive, also a caboose, and lots of other train stuff. The best part of the museum is the old replica city block; filled with restored homes from the 1930's to the 50's. There's even a old replica motor court complete with camper. Heritage Street homes offer doorways into past decades, from the 1910s to the 1970s. The Boulder City depot and collection of railroad cars recall the railroad heritage of southern Nevada, while the arrested decay along the Ghost Town and Mining Trail offers a perspective on life in the hot and arid Southwest environment. Visitors and spent about two hours here taking tours of each of the buildings and homes.
|(Fig. 02 - Heritage Street Homes)|
04/05/2017 Trip Notes: On this date I took Jim Herring and Blake Smith to the Clark County Museum. After touring and viewing all the exhibits in the museum proper (Fig. 1A), we went outdoors to tour the grounds. Walking to the Northwest corner of the 30-acre site we toured the collection of restored historic buildings on Heritage Street (Fig. 02) that depict daily life from different decades in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson and Goldfield. Starting with the Townsite House (Fig. 03), we toured the interiors of each of the eight restored buildings. For information on some of the homes are shown below (Figs. 03 thru 08). The print shop is a replica that was built in a style that was popular during the late 1800's and early 1900's. It is filled with a variety of printing equipment used by print shops and newspapers during 1890's to the 1940's. Next was the "Mobile America". The most interesting was the Spartenette Trailer (Fig. 04), built in 1948. It was moved from the Golden Rule Trailer Court, Pittman (Henderson) and restored to the time period of the 1960's. Considering its age, we were amazed by how "roomy" it was. The Babcock & Wilcox House (Fig. 05) was one of 12 houses constructed in April of 1933 for Babcox and Willcox Company employees during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The Giles/ Barcus House was built in 1924 in Goldfield, Nevada and was later moved to 57 E. Hacienda, Las Vegas, Nevada in 1955. It was moved to the museum in 1991 and restored to the period of an Odd Shop Antique Store. Probably the most expensive and elaborate home was the Goumand House. The last host was the Beckly House (Fig. 08). (con't below)
Giles/Barcus House: The Giles/Barcus House was built in 1924 in Goldfield, Nevada and was later moved to 57 E. Hacienda, Las Vegas, Nevada in 1955. It was moved to the museum in 1991 and restored to the period of an Odd Shop Antique Store.