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October 20, 2014
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Nevada Yesterdays


History and folklore of Nevada, written by Associate Professor Michael Green of UNLV, and narrated by former Senator Richard Bryan. Supported by Nevada Humanities and dedicated to the memory of historian Frank Wright. (All segments prior to August 2003 were written by Frank Wright.)

Nevada Yesterdays is the collection of essays written by Frank Wright that immortalize the real history of Las Vegas. Purchase your copy of Nevada Yesterdays.


Archives

Sep 5, 2014 | The Beatles
It's been a half century since the Beatles had a 'hard day's night,' right here in Las Vegas.

Aug 22, 2014 | Civil Rights Act
When the Civil Rights Act was passed a half century ago, not everyone within Nevada's political circles was onboard with it. The decision was not a simple one for some Nevada Senators.

Aug 1, 2014 | Bob Bailey
How much can one person accomplish? If you're like Bob Bailey, quite a bit. From show business to civil rights on the Strip, Here's Senator Richard Bryan with a look back at the life of Bob Bailey.

Jul 11, 2014 | Remembering Bob Faiss
Mixing law with the gaming industry seemed a natural fit for one Las Vegas attorney, who passed away recently. Here's a look back at the influence of attorney Bob Faiss on the gaming industry.

May 16, 2014 | Viva Las Vegas
"Viva Las Vegas" turns 50 in a few days. We'll hear how Las Vegas itself starred in the iconic movie, along side Elvis. Moviegoers got a taste of Southern Nevada and a song to go with it!

May 9, 2014 | Sagebrush Rebels
A rancher challenging federal authority over land rights in Nevada has been in the news recently, but it's not the first time the subject has been a hot topic. Remembering the "Sagebrush Rebellion" on Nevada Yesterdays.

Apr 18, 2014 | Metro Battles Corruption and the Mob
Efforts to drive organized crime out of Las Vegas, left one former Metro officer, Kent Clifford, with some controversies of his own.

Mar 21, 2014 | Natalie Rittenhouse
Family connections run deep for some pioneer families of Southern Nevada. Perhaps they aren't too well known these days. They should be. They are among the important pioneer families of southern Nevada.

Mar 7, 2014 | Test Ban
Strange as it may seem now, there was a time when detonating a nuclear bomb was healthy for Nevada's image.

Feb 21, 2014 | Green Felt Jungle
The pen is mightier than the roulette table? Some books over the years have tested that notion. Fifty years ago, a book about Las Vegas became a best-seller. But not everyone was happy with what the book had to say about the influence of organized crime on Las Vegas casinos.

Jan 16, 2014 | Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fifty years have gone by since Martin Luther King, Jr. made his way to Las Vegas, in a visit that had an impact. Local leaders had won the right to patronize once segregated casinos, but they hoped King would reinvigorate the local movement.

Jan 3, 2014 | Treaty of Ruby Valley
A treaty that was signed in the territory of Nevada 150 years ago is still raising questions. The Western Shoshone tribe has been offered tens of millions of dollars by the US government, but they say no thanks. In 1974, sisters Mary and Carrie Dann of Beowawe, became symbols of the tribes resistance.

Dec 5, 2013 | Lon Simmons
We take a look at how a legendary sports-broadcaster forged a path from Las Vegas to Candlestick Park. Switching from pitcher to broadcaster turned out to be a home run decision for Lon Simmons. Here's Senator Richard Bryan with Nevada Yesterdays.

Nov 20, 2013 | JFK and Las Vegas Connections
Elements of John F. Kennedy's ties to Las Vegas have been mixed in with the puzzle-pieces surrounding his death. Las Vegas and Nevada were part of the orbit of the Kennedys, their allies, and their enemies. Senator Richard Bryan connects the dots on Nevada Yesterdays.

Sep 20, 2013 | Constitution
How about the great State of Washoe or Esmeralda? When residents of this territory considered statehood 150 years ago, it took more than one attempt to get them to agree on a name and on how much to tax the lucrative gold and silver mines.

Sep 1, 2013 | Sawyer v. Sinatra
It was around Labor Day 50 years ago, that Nevada's little black book caused some friction for Frank Sinatra. A mobster who was in the black book was seen in the Cal-Neva Lodge in Lake Tahoe and Sinatra was part owner...

Aug 2, 2013 | Dorothy Gallagher
Dorothy Gallagher never gave up on access to higher education for people living in rural areas.

Jul 12, 2013 | A Big Fight
Some boxing matches in Las Vegas have carried more weight than just a heavyweight title.

Jun 14, 2013 | Tarkanian, Part II
UNLV's Runnin' Rebels were coached by a man who was thought to be something of a rebel himself.

Jun 7, 2013 | Tarkanian, Part I
To make it into the Basketball hall of fame, Jerry Tarkanian must have done something right.

May 23, 2013 | The 17th Part II
There was a time in Nevada when your ballot would not have included contenders for the U.S. Senate.

May 17, 2013 | The 17th
The means for putting U.S. Senators in office used to come with plenty of controversy.

May 3, 2013 | Frank Wright
Nevada has a colorful past. And getting the facts straight about events that helped shape the Silver state was important to Frank Wright.

Mar 29, 2013 | Mark Twain
When two brothers set out for Nevada about 150 years ago, little did they know that one of them would become a literary legend. Senator Richard Bryan has the story...

Mar 8, 2013 | The Dickersons
You'll have to go back a century to look at the career of one Nevadan who helped shape the state.

Feb 22, 2013 | William R. Wilkerson, part 2
You might not normally hear 'Nevada' and 'Communism' mentioned in the same sentence. But there was a time when it wouldn't have been unusual.

Feb 1, 2013 | William R. Wilkerson, part 1
The ties between Hollywood and Las Vegas go back to an interesting time in America.

Jan 11, 2013 | Houssels
From horse racing to 'the Showboat' -- one Las Vegan has plenty of stories to tell.

Dec 14, 2012 | The 1912 Elections, Part 2
Have elections in Nevada changed all that much over the last century?

Dec 7, 2012 | The 1912 Election, Part 1
In this year's election, Nevada could have gone either way, just as it could have in another memorable election year.

Nov 9, 2012 | The 1962 Election, Part II
Rex Bell's political legacy in Nevada.

Nov 2, 2012 | The 1962 Election, Part I
We hear about a Nevada politician and attorney who had "movie star" roots.

Oct 5, 2012 | Andy Williams
A "who's who" list of entertainers who made their mark in Las Vegas includes the late Andy Williams.

Aug 31, 2012 | Ralph Denton, Part II
We hear about one Nevadan who enjoyed working behind the scenes in politics.

Aug 24, 2012 | Ralph Denton, Part I
A list of who's who, in Nevada's history, wouldn't be complete without Ralph Denton.

Jun 15, 2012 | Howard Cannon - Part 3
The political high and lows, and accomplishments, of Howard Cannon

Jun 8, 2012 | Senator Howard Cannon - Part 2
We hear about the early political life of Howard Cannon.

Jun 1, 2012 | Senator Howard Cannon - Part 1
The career of a former Las Vegas City attorney left an imprint on Nevada Politics.

May 11, 2012 | Bill Raggio Part II
We continue with our look back on the career of Bill Raggio.

May 4, 2012 | Bill Raggio, Part I
Had certain past elections in Nevada turned out differently, our political landscape might not resemble what it does today.

Apr 6, 2012 | The Nixon Connection, Part II
Richard Nixon, Howard Hughes... and Las Vegas - how are they connected?

Mar 30, 2012 | The Nixon Connection, Part I
The Nevada connection of former first lady, Pat Nixon.

Mar 2, 2012 | The Elko Connection, Part II
We have a look back on the early political scene in Elko.

Feb 24, 2012 | The Elko Connection, Part I
From the state's first commercial air-mail flight to higher education, Elko has made a number of historical contributions.

Feb 3, 2012 | Other States
Without a certain turn ofevents, our series "Nevada" Yesterdays might have been named "Arizona" Yesterdays.

Jan 20, 2012 | Mob Museum
The old Las Vegas court house will soon serve as a mob museum. And some of the building's own history is likely to share the spotlight.

Jan 6, 2012 | Hilton
Not all of the older hotels in Las Vegas have been imploded. Sometimes, there's just a name change.

Dec 16, 2011 | Hoover
Senator Richard Bryan explains J. Edgar Hoover's connection to Nevada.

Nov 18, 2011 | Bill Harrah's Centennial
Who is Bill Harrah and why does he matter so much to the history of Nevada and gaming?

Nov 4, 2011 | Mizpah Hotel
A Nevada hotel, built over a hundred years ago, has been given a new lease on life.

Sep 30, 2011 | The Russells: Part II
From government reform to straightening up the gaming industry -- a former Nevada Governor helped shape the state's future.

Sep 23, 2011 | The Russells: Part I
For several generations, the Russell Family has helped shape the state of Nevada.

Sep 2, 2011 | Railroad Pass
We've heard colorful stories behind many of the casinos on the strip. But there's one - way off the strip - that has some stories of its own.

Jun 10, 2011 | Mesquite Club Part II
A century-old club in Las Vegas once helped in the push for women's suffrage.

May 27, 2011 | Mesquite Club Part I
The Mesquite Club turns 100 this year. We hear how it got started.

May 6, 2011 | El Rancho Part II
There's an empty lot on the strip that has quite a history.

Apr 22, 2011 | El Rancho Part I
Some say the birth of the Las Vegas Strip came with the opening of one property in particular.

Mar 25, 2011 | Ronald Reagan: Part II
During his two terms as president, he had a significant impact in a lot of places in a lot of ways... consider Nevada.

Mar 11, 2011 | Ronald Reagan: Part I
Reagan wasn't a Nevadan and never lived in Nevada, but he had an impact here.

Feb 25, 2011 | Chamber Centennial
How did the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce get started? Senator Richard Bryan tells us how.

Feb 11, 2011 | Louis Prima
The 'Las Vegas Lounge act' was once taken to new heights by a jazz icon.

Jan 28, 2011 | Five Term Senators
Very few politicians have managed to win a 5th term as a Senator from Nevada.

Jan 21, 2011 | 1960 Presidential Election
Richard Nixon and John Kennedy had a taste of Nevada's influence on Presidential campaigns.

Dec 17, 2010 | The Black Book
Tougher gaming regulations once led to the creation of Nevada's infamous Black Book. Senator Richard Bryan explains.

Oct 29, 2010 | 1910 Election, Part II
Some extra "drive-time" helped clinch an election for one Nevada governor.

Oct 22, 2010 | 1910 Election, Part I
The upcoming election in Nevada has similarities to one that took place in the state a century ago.

Oct 8, 2010 | Boulder City
We take a look back on a Presidential dedication of what was then called Boulder Dam.

Oct 1, 2010 | The Fight of a Century Part III
A prize fight in Reno a century ago is still talked about today.

Sep 17, 2010 | The Fight of a Century Part II
A prize-fight in Goldfield a century ago helped set the stage for a far more famous match in Reno.

Sep 3, 2010 | The Fight of a Century Part I
How did one famous prize-fight fought 100 years ago come to pass?

Aug 20, 2010 | Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places in Nevada Part 4
A list of endangered historical places in Nevada includes a hotel in Las Vegas.

Aug 6, 2010 | Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places in Nevada Part 3
A new list of endangered historic places in Nevada includes a cave and a schoolhouse.

Jul 23, 2010 | Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places in Nevada Part 2
A new historic preservation list in Nevada includes a mining area and a nearby state park.

Jul 9, 2010 | Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places in Nevada Part I
Preserve Nevada issued its list of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places in Nevada. Today we talk about Mount Potosi.

Jun 4, 2010 | Mark Twain Part III
Long before he wrote Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain put his imagination to work for newspapers in Nevada.

May 14, 2010 | Mark Twain Part II
In this second edition in this series on Mark Twain, Senator Richard Bryan tells of Samuel Clemens' love of satire and the birth of his well-known "nom de plume."

May 7, 2010 | Mark Twain Part I
At time when our state was known as the "Nevada Territory," a soon-to-be legendary novelist came for a visit.

Apr 23, 2010 | Civil Rights, Part III
We hear about some key players who helped end segregation in Las Vegas.

Apr 9, 2010 | Civil Rights, Part II
From the area's first black dentist to the integration of casinos in Las Vegas, we have a look back at the early push for civil rights

Mar 19, 2010 | Civil Rights, Part I
A meeting at the Moulin Rouge 50 years ago may have marked the beginning-of-the-end of segregation in Las Vegas.

Feb 19, 2010 | Squaw Valley Part II
Being in proximity to the Olympic games can inspire cities to make some improvements. We hear how Reno did just that.

Feb 12, 2010 | Squaw Valley Part I
The Winter Olympics, Nevada and Disney once shared a common interest. Here's Senator Richard Bryan.

Jan 29, 2010 | Elvis in Las Vegas Part II
Las Vegas and "the King" have an indelible connection, thanks in part to a second chance. Senator Richard Bryan tells us about it.

Jan 22, 2010 | Elvis in Las Vegas Part I
A new Elvis-themed show in Las Vegas is the latest in a relationship that goes back more than 40 years. Here's Senator Richard Bryan with Nevada Yesterdays.

Jan 1, 2010 | Cragin and Pike
As Clark County reached its Centennial in 2009, so too did a local business that's been here from the start.

Dec 18, 2009 | National Finals Rodeo
In 1984 the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association made Las Vegas the site of the PRCA's National Finals Rodeo. Here's a look at how it all began.

Nov 27, 2009 | Nevada Humanities
Former Senator Richard Bryan celebrates Nevada Humanities.

Nov 20, 2009 | Fact versus Fiction
Fifty years ago, a popular television series gave viewers a fictional glimpse of Nevada's past.

Aug 26, 2009 | Greenspun, Part I
Sen Richard Bryan talks about the rise of the Greenspun Empire.

Aug 7, 2009 | Tom Parker
Elvis Presley left an indelible mark on Las Vegas - thanks in part to his manager, Tom Parker.

Jul 24, 2009 | Clark County 100 Years Young
Clark County has a special birthday this month, turning 100 years old. Former Senator Richard Bryan tells us about the very first celebration.

Jul 10, 2009 | A Who's Who of the First County Commission
Clark County celebrates its 100th birthday this month. Senator Richard Bryan with Nevada Yesterdays gives us a "who's who" of the first County Commission.

Jun 26, 2009 | Local Print Journalism
One of Southern Nevada's first attempts at local print journalism began a half century ago. Former Senator Richard Bryan tells us more.

Jun 12, 2009 | The NAACP
Many decades have passed, and a lot of progress has been made, since the Las Vegas chapter of the NAACP was formed. Former Senator, Richard Bryan tells us more about the NAACP's local legacy.

May 29, 2009 | Comstock Lode
You may have heard of Nevada's famous "Comstock Lode." But did you know it was named after a miner? Senator Richard Bryan has the details on Nevada Yesterdays, on News 88-9, KNPR.

May 22, 2009 | Nevada's Youngest Governor
As we approach the centennial of Clark County, former Senator Richard Bryan tells us about Nevada's youngest governor who helped put Clark County on the map.

May 8, 2009 | Las Vegas Convention Center Part II
The Las Vegas Convention Center has added a lot to the palette of Las Vegas' colorful history. Former Senator Richard Bryan tells us more.

Apr 24, 2009 | Las Vegas Convention Center Part I
The Las Vegas Convention Center hosted the National Association of Broadcasters this week. The Convention Center's golden anniversary is this month. Senator Richard Bryan tells us more.

Apr 3, 2009 | The Nevada Gaming Commission Part II
At a time when organized crime was making headlines in Nevada, a special commission was formed to keep a close eye on the gaming industry.

Mar 27, 2009 | The Nevada Gaming Commission Part I
Fifty years ago this month, Nevada's gaming regulation was turned up a notch with the creation of a watchdog.

Mar 6, 2009 | The Birth of Clark County
Clark County celebrates its centennial this year. Former Senator Richard Bryan tells you how it was formed.

Feb 27, 2009 | Lincoln and the Railroad
He never made it this far west, but Abe Lincoln made Nevada a state in 1864.

Feb 13, 2009 | Bob McDonald
Former Senator Richard Bryan remembers McDonald, who helped advance the careers of many notable Nevada politicians.

Feb 6, 2009 | Gold Hill
More than a century ago, some miners found gold in southern Nevada... and that's part of the start of the great western gold rush.

Dec 26, 2008 | The Election of '08
The '08 election was exciting and controversial with great significance for the present and future.

Dec 19, 2008 | Bicentennial Presidents: Part II
During the Civil War, a Kentucky-born president had a big hand in Nevada's statehood, but he wasn't President of the United States.

Dec 12, 2008 | Bicentennial Presidents: Part I
Commemorating two presidential bicentennials -- neither one of them Abraham Lincoln.

Oct 31, 2008 | 1958 and Grant Sawyer
We remember the political rise of Grant Sawyer, 50 years ago.

Oct 24, 2008 | 1958 and the Governor
The 1958 race for Nevada governor was another pivotal election campaign. The result was an upset win by Grant Sawyer.

Oct 10, 2008 | 1958 and Howard Canon
1958 was a year of great transition in Nevada politics - and the year of a historic race for the U-S Senate.

Sep 19, 2008 | 1958 Elections
1958 was a year of great political change, both in Nevada and across the U.S. Former Senator Richard Bryan explains.

Sep 5, 2008 | National Parks part 2
We remember Alan Bible, and one of his greatest legacies - an expansion of our national park system.

Aug 22, 2008 | National Parks
If you've enjoyed national parks over the years, there are several people you might want to remember fondly, including a Nevada man named George Hartzog.

Aug 8, 2008 | Preserving History
Even in an area as new as Las Vegas, a history buff can find many buildings with a strong sense of the past, but some are in need of attention.

Jul 25, 2008 | Segregation part 2
In remembering Thurgood Marshall's 100th birthday, Nevada Yesterdays touched on a landmark court case he infuenced, Brown v the Topeka Board of Education. How that ruling played out in Las Vegas is the subject of today's Nevada Yesterdays.

Jul 11, 2008 | Segregation
The landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education dealt with a school system in Kansas, but it affected the entire country, including southern Nevada. Former Senator Richard Bryan explains.

Jun 27, 2008 | The Las Vegas Age part 2
We continue our series on the career and era of Pop Squires and the Las Vegas Age.

Jun 20, 2008 | The Las Vegas Age
One hundred years ago this month, the sale of a weekly Las Vegas newspaper marked the beginning of a historic publishing career. Former Senator Richard Bryan has the story of Charles Squires and The Las Vegas Age.

May 5, 2008 | The Jones Brothers
The passing of two men earlier this year brings to mind the construction of Boulder Dam, and the beginning of the modern age for Las Vegas. Here's former Senator Richard Bryan with the story of Cliff and Herb Jones.

Mar 4, 2008 | Presidential Politics
In the last few weeks, Nevada's caucuses put the state in the political limelight. Nevada's part in choosing American leaders hasn't always been so far in the forefront. Former Senator Richard Bryan has the story.

Feb 29, 2008 | Journalist Politicians
High profile journalists sometimes cross the line into politics...even in Nevada.

Feb 27, 2008 | US/Mexican War
More than 150 years ago Nevada was part of the prize in an agreement between the United States and Mexico. Senator Richard Bryan starts the story of the US/Mexican War.

Jan 22, 2008 | Political Upsets
With the Nevada Caucuses just behind us, Senator Richard Bryan looks back at a political upset that still has an impact on Nevada politics.

Jan 14, 2008 | Predictions for 1908
Predicting events in the new year is an old tradition, as we learn in this edition of Nevada Yesterdays.

Nov 21, 2007 | Miners' Union part 3
Senator Richard Bryan continues the story of a bitter mining dispute in Nevada.

Nov 14, 2007 | Miners' Union part 2
With gold hitting record prices, we'll look back at the cost of a mining dispute 100 years ago.

Nov 7, 2007 | Miners' Union part 1
With gold hitting record prices, we'll look back at the cost of a mining dispute 100 years ago.

Oct 16, 2007 | Mountain Meadows Massacre II
It was 150 years ago that the Mountain Meadows Massacre took place in southern Utah. We start our history lesson with the circumstances that led up to the massacre.

Oct 8, 2007 | Mountain Meadows Massacre I
It was 150 years ago that the Mountain Meadows Massacre took place in southern Utah. We start our history lesson with the circumstances that led up to the massacre.

Sep 5, 2007 | Richest in Nevada part 3
Nevada has ties to some of America's all time wealthiest tycoons. Senator Richard Bryan has more of their stories.

Aug 23, 2007 | Richest in Nevada part 2
Nevada has ties to some of America's all time wealthiest tycoons. Senator Richard Bryan has more of their stories.

Aug 13, 2007 | Richest in Nevada
Nevada has ties to some of America's all time wealthiest tycoons. Senator Richard Bryan has some of their stories.

Jul 31, 2007 | The Frontier part 4
The Frontier closed it's doors recently. Senator Richard Bryan wraps up the story of its past and takes a look at the future.

Jul 17, 2007 | The Frontier part 3
The last dice has been thrown and the last hand dealt. The Frontier has closed it's doors. Senator Richard Bryan continues the story on this edition of Nevada Yesterdays.

Jul 14, 2007 | Miners' Union part 2
With gold hitting record prices, we'll look back at the cost of a mining dispute 100 years ago.

Jul 10, 2007 | The Frontier part 2
The Frontier will soon be gone. We continue the story of its early days on the Strip.

Jul 3, 2007 | The Frontier
Once again, we anticipate the destruction of a famous casino on the strip. Senator Richard Bryan begins the story of the Frontier on this edition of Nevada Yesterdays.

Jun 12, 2007 | El Rancho Property 2
More history of the old El Rancho casino at the corner of Sahara and the Strip.

Jun 6, 2007 | El Rancho Property
It's been undeveloped for nearly 50 years, but the old El Rancho property at the corner of Sahara and the Strip has plenty of stories.

May 1, 2007 | Tropicana Turns 50 part 3
Senator Richard Bryan wraps up the long and colorful history of the Tropicana Hotel Casino.

Apr 17, 2007 | Tropicana Turns 50 part 2
Senator Richard Bryan continues the story of the Tropicana.

Apr 12, 2007 | Tropicana Turns 50
Senator Richard Bryan begins telling story of the long and colorful history of the Tropicana Hotel Casino.

Apr 5, 2007 | Attorney General
The Attorney General's office has been a political football affecting Nevada long before the most recent events. Senator Richard Bryan tells the story.

Mar 20, 2007 | Federal Prosecutors
The current controversy over the firing of federal prosecutors brings to mind a time in Nevada's past when two Democratic Senators fought over the appointment of the federal prosecutor.

Mar 5, 2007 | Dred Scott
Senator Richard Bryan comments on the U. S. Supreme Court's infamous Dred Scott decision and Nevada's role in it.

Feb 19, 2007 | Appointments part 2
Senator Richard Bryan continues to look at what happens when members of the congressinal delegation are appointed through unforeseen circumstances.

Feb 5, 2007 | Congressional Appointments
On this first day of the 2007 Nevada Legisture, Senator Richard Bryan looks to what happens when members of the congressinal delegation are appointed through unforeseen circumstances.

Jan 23, 2007 | Gerald Ford and Nevada
Senator Richard Bryan looks back at Gerald Ford's connections to Nevada.

Nov 20, 2006 | The Birth of the Stardust
As they auction off the contents of the Stardust, former Senator RIchard Bryan has the story of the hotel/casino's beginnings.

Oct 30, 2006 | Ely Trains
Senator Richard Bryan looks at the history of the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely.

Oct 9, 2006 | The Hacienda
Ten Years ago the Hacienda closed to make way for Mandalay Bay. Former Senator Richard Bryan tells the story of the Hacienda and where to find what's left.

Sep 11, 2006 | Major Riddle
More on the changing fortunes of the Silver Nugget and one of it's owners.

Aug 31, 2006 | The Silver Nugget
A North Las Vegas landmark, the Silver Nugget is being bought by Jeff Fine, a man with many connections throughout the community.

Aug 21, 2006 | Caesar's 40th part 2
After the opening of Caesar's Palace, the property changed hands many times. Through the years Caesar's was known as a leader in big name entertainment.

Aug 17, 2006 | Caesar's 40th
The Empire opened in 1966 bringing a new style and level of hospitality to Las Vegas. We look back at the beginning for Caesar's Palace.

Aug 1, 2006 | Federal Highways
How the push to build a national highway system affected Nevada.

Jul 24, 2006 | Connections
Senator Richard Bryan makes some connections, both on the ground and in the air.

Jun 30, 2006 | Historic Places Endangered 2
Senator Richard Bryan brings attention to some more of Nevada'a historic places that are in danger of being lost.

Jun 16, 2006 | Historic Places Endangered
Senator Richard Bryan brings attention to some of Nevada'a historic places that are in danger of being lost.

May 18, 2006 | The Fremont pt. 2
Senator Richard Bryan has more of the story of a downtown anniversary...The Fremont's role in Las Vegas history.

May 15, 2006 | The Fremont
Senator Richard Bryan has the story of a downtown anniversary...The Fremont's role in Las Vegas history.

Apr 19, 2006 | El Rancho
More on the 85th anniversary of the El Rancho hotel, the first casino on The Strip.

Apr 12, 2006 | 85th Anniversary of The Strip
Senator Richard Bryan remembers the El Rancho and it's place in Las Vegas history.

Mar 16, 2006 | Legalized Gambling
It was 75 years ago that Nevada approved 'wide open' gambling.

Feb 24, 2006 | More Presidents
Last time, in honor of Presidents Day, we were talking about presidents who have affected Nevada, whether or not they intended to, or because things just happened while they were in office. More now from Senator Richard Bryan.

Feb 20, 2006 | President's Day
Richard Bryan reviews presidential influence on Nevada...some obvious and some not so obvious.

Feb 6, 2006 | ANWR and Nevada
Senator Richard Bryan tells the story of Nevada's role in the decades long debate over drilling for oil in the Alaskan wilderness.

Jan 19, 2006 | Golden Gate Hotel
Las Vegas has celebrated its 100th aniversary. Now the centennial is just beginning for one downtown hotel, the Golden Gate.

Dec 26, 2005 | Joseph Smith
Mormons are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder of their faith. Senator Richard Bryan tells the story of Joseph Smith.

Nov 28, 2005 | Morry Zenoff
The owner and publisher of newspapers in Boulder City and Henderson, Morry Zenoff, helped shape southern Nevada.

Nov 21, 2005 | Judge David Zenoff
Judge Zenoff may be best remembered for presiding over the 1967 wedding of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, but there's much more to his story.

Oct 5, 2005 | Race for Governor
Nevada has seen several times when 3-way primary races played a big role in the eventual outcome of the race for governor...not always as you might expect.

Sep 26, 2005 | Ebony and Las Vegas
Senator Richard Bryan explains the influence of Ebony magazine on Las Vegas.

Sep 16, 2005 | 75th Anniversary of Dam Railroad
In 1930 officials marked the construction of a railroad spur between Las Vegas and Boulder Dam.

Sep 12, 2005 | Supreme Court
The Senate confirmation hearings of John Roberts to become Chief Justice of the United States are set to start. Senator Richard Bryan traces some of the Nevada connections to the Supreme Court.

Aug 19, 2005 | John West
Richard Bryan marks the passing of a man who was a link to the civil rights history of Las Vegas.

Jul 15, 2005 | Hawthorne
The Base Realignment and Closure Commission has recommended closing the Hawthorne Ammo Depot. Senator Richard Bryan looks at the Hawthorn depot's place in Nevada history.

Jul 8, 2005 | FBI's Influence in Las Vegas
FBI Direct J. Edgar Hoover takes a role in the race for Nevada governor.

Jul 1, 2005 | Deep Throat
The identity of 'deep throat' was revealed recently. Senator Richard Bryan has the Las Vegas connection.

Jun 13, 2005 | Mormon Fort Mission part 2
More on the first mormon settlement in Las Vegas.

Jun 10, 2005 | Mormon Fort Mission
Remembering the 150th anniversary of the Mormon's arrival in Las Vegas.

May 10, 2005 | 1905 Land Auction
With the Las Vegas Centennial celebrated this weekend, Senator Richard Bryan tells the story of the land auction in May 1905.

May 2, 2005 | The Land Auction
With the Las Vegas Centennial just a couple of weeks away, we look at the runup to the land auction that marked the start of the city.

Mar 8, 2005 | Still A Frontier Town
For 70 years Las Vegas has celebrated its frontier heritage with Helldorado.

Feb 23, 2005 | Land Sales
Federal land sales are in the news. They go back further than you might think.

Feb 7, 2005 | Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge is an emblem of the struggle for civil rights in Southern Nevada as Senator Richard Bryan explains.

Jan 20, 2005 | 1955 Nevada Legislature
50 years ago this week the Nevada Legislature convened and at the top of the agenda were education and taxes.

Dec 27, 2004 | Impeach
Nevada's recent impeachment of Kathy Augustine brings to mind the impeachment of Judge Harry Claiborne.

Dec 13, 2004 | Herb McDonald
Hailed as a master publicist and salesman, Herb McDonald is credited with bringing the Beatles to Las Vegas in 1964, but his legacy goes beyond that moment in popular history.

Nov 29, 2004 | Foley Family Law
Senator Richard Bryan tells the story of a family with a history in the law.

Nov 15, 2004 | 1904 Election
Election headlines from Nevada 100 years ago.

Nov 1, 2004 | Tight Elections
With this year's election promising to be close and Nevada considered a swing state, in this edition of Nevada Yesterdays we hear that it's not the first close election in the state. Micheal Green has the history.

Sep 27, 2004 | Pat McCarran
September 28th is the 50th anniversary of the death of Senator Pat McCarran. Senator Richard Bryan continues his look at McCarran's legacy.

Sep 14, 2004 | Pat McCarran
Senator Richard Bryan explores the legacy of Senator Pat McCarran of Nevada.

Aug 30, 2004 | Water District
Senator Richard Bryan takes a look at the history of the Southern Nevada Water District.

Aug 16, 2004 | Elko Influence
Vice President Dick Cheney made a campaign stop in Elko this past weekend. Maybe he's been checking his history on how influential small Nevada towns can be.

Jul 19, 2004 | Valley Times
Richard Bryan explores the legacy of newspaperman Bob Brown.

Jul 7, 2004 | Embezzling State Money
Public officials steal a half million dollars of state money and the taxpayers pay.

Jun 22, 2004 | Buying Votes
Nevada has a history of U.S. Senate candidates buying votes from state legislators.

Jun 9, 2004 | Reagan Remembered
Senator Richard Bryan remembers Ronald Reagan's impact on Nevada.

May 24, 2004 | Presidential Campaign
With visits from Senator John Kerry and First Lady Laura Bush, Nevada is on the map as a battleground state in the presidential race, but it's not the first time...

May 9, 2004 | Political Endorsements
A look at cross-party endorsements in Nevada political history.

Apr 12, 2004 | Centennial
This time next year celebrations will be building to the Las Vegas centennial in May, but in this edition of Nevada Yesterdays Senator Richard Bryan offers a note on another centennial to celebrate.

Mar 22, 2004 | Mike O'Callaghan
Mike O'Callaghan died on March 5th. He was 74. Thousands gathered to pay tribute at his funeral. Senator Richard Bryan remembers Nevada's most popular governor.

Mar 14, 2004 | Benny Binion
The legend of Benny Binion and the Horseshoe.

Feb 20, 2004 | Bill Harrah
Binion's Horseshoe is changing hands, but Harrahs is set to operate the casino. Senator Richard Bryan has the story of the pioneer behind that company, Bill Harrah.

Feb 2, 2004 | Sam Davis
The story of Sam Davis and the connection between a late 20th century Illinois politician and 18th Century Nevada.

Jan 21, 2004 | Joe McNamee
Senator Richard Bryan has the story of a prominent Nevada family - but you might not know their name.

Dec 29, 2003 | St. Thomas Rises
We can implode or demolish some of our history - but one piece of history, the town of St. Thomas has risen again. Senator Richard Bryan explains.

Dec 15, 2003 | Higher Education
Sudden decisions by the University Regents have raised more questions than answers recently - just as they did 50 years ago. Senator Richard Bryan has this edition of Nevada Yesterdays.

Nov 17, 2003 | Newspaper Rivalries
Senator Richard Bryan recalls that rivalry among newspaper writers is nothing new.

Oct 17, 2003 | California and Nevada
With the dust still settling from California's recall election, Senator Richard Bryan explores the ways in which we follow and sometimes lead our neighbor state.

Sep 22, 2003 | Expensive Courthouse
The story of the so-called 'million dollar' courthouse in Pioche is often told. This time Senator Richard Bryan explains how those cost overruns shaped the creation of Clark County.

Sep 8, 2003 | Recalls
Thoughts of recalling Nevada's Supreme Court Justices are nothing new. Former Senator RIchard Bryan 'recalls' a ruling that shaped the modern era of the gaming industry.

Aug 25, 2003 | 1928 Special Session
The recent special session of the Nevada Legislature is still causing controversy - but the one from 1928 involved bank fraud and more.

Apr 18, 2003 | Musicians Union
The Great Depression brings with it tough times for Las Vegas musicians.

Mar 14, 2003 | 1938 - Las Vegas Theater
Even the dusty little town of Las Vegas was home to community theater 64 years ago.

Mar 7, 2003 | Divorce - Nevada Style
Las Vegas battles Reno as the celebrity divorce capitol of the country.

Feb 21, 2003 | 1858 - Mormons vs US Army
Talk of war is everywhere, but not all wars are bloody.

Feb 7, 2003 | Rosie the Riveter
1943 - The demands of WWII bring women workers to Basic Magnesium.

Jan 24, 2003 | The History of Keno in Nevada
70 years ago, officials had to decide whether keno was a game of chance or a lottery.

Jan 10, 2003 | Prohibition
In 1919 Las Vegas was quick to embrace Prohibition.

Jan 3, 2003 | Two LV City Commissions
In 1940, the new year started with a battle between competing city commissions in Las Vegas.

Dec 13, 2002 | WWII Blackouts
With the outbreak of World War II, Las Vegans had to adjust to blackout restrictions.

Dec 6, 2002 | Block 16
The notorius 'red light district' gets its start along with the city of Las Vegas.

Nov 22, 2002 | Donner Party in Nevada


Nov 15, 2002 | 1955 - Boom or Bust?
A building boom for Las Vegas casinos makes some wonder if they've gone too far.

Nov 8, 2002 | Nevada Suffrage - 1914
In 1869 the movement started to allow women to vote in Nevada. But it took another 45 years before they would get the vote.

Oct 11, 2002 | Monorail
The idea of using a monorail to move tourists up and down the strip is nothing new. The project was considered 35 years ago.

Sep 27, 2002 | Nuclear Tests
Early nuclear bomb tests were noticed in Las Vegas...but taken fairly lightly.

Sep 20, 2002 | The Meadows
Las Vegas 1931 - When opening a new resort - as with most things - timing is everything...

Sep 13, 2002 | Frontiers in Vegas part 3
The names have changed... 'old and 'new'... but The Frontier remains.

Sep 6, 2002 | Frontiers in Vegas part 2
In 1950, the birth of The New Frontier.

Aug 30, 2002 | Frontiers in Vegas part 1
What's in a name? In Las Vegas, 'frontier' has a long history.

Aug 23, 2002 | University of Nevada - Elko
Shortly after becoming a state, the Nevada Legislature decided to start building a state university. Not in Reno or Las Vegas, but in Elko.

Aug 16, 2002 | Campaign 1920
It's election time in Southern Nevada, but campaigning today is very different than in the past. Here's a look back at the 1920 election.

Aug 2, 2002 | Bigamy, Divorce and Evangelism
From 1931, a sordid tale of the adventures of 'What-a-man' Hudson.

Jul 26, 2002 | 1922 Railroad Strike
A strike by railroad workers turns violent when replacement workers arrive in Las Vegas.

Jul 19, 2002 | Wobblies at the Dam
The Great Depression saw the rise of unionism in the United States. But when jobs were available, as they were in the construction of Boulder Dam, the unions didn't have much effect.

Jul 12, 2002 | 1947 LV Wranglers Baseball
The city's first professional baseball team was quite a hit, once scoring 30 runs in a single game. But the fans weren't there and the team eventually folded.

Jul 5, 2002 | 1855 - Mormon Mission
Almost 150 years ago, Mormon settlers celebrate the 4th after building a mission in Las Vegas.

Jun 28, 2002 | Black Labor at Boulder Dam
Construction of Boulder Dam required the work of thousands of men. And until 1932 the project was "all-white". Finally bowing to local and national pressure a handfull of blacks were hired.

Jun 21, 2002 | Bugsy at the Beginning
Bugsy Seigel is known as a gangster who helped create "modern" Las Vegas with the construction of The Flamingo.

Jun 14, 2002 | St. Thomas, NV
With the lower water levels at Lake Mead, you might want to keep an eye out for the resurgence of a long-forgotten town.

Jun 7, 2002 | 1954 - The Riviera
Nearly 50 years ago construction began for the Riviera Hotel and Casino.

May 31, 2002 | 1940 - Two LV City Commissions
Two competing Las Vegas City Commissions, and a politican is publicly accused of being a socialist and a communist.

May 24, 2002 | Mouse Roulette
Casinos are always looking for a game of chance that will attract gamblers and give the edge to the house. With this game a mouse decided the winner.

May 17, 2002 | Las Vegas Springs
In 1844 - the early history of explorer John Fremont and his discovery of the Las Vegas Springs.

May 10, 2002 | Lorenzi Resort
Man-made lakes seem to be everywhere in Las Vegas. We hear about one of the first in the valley...

May 3, 2002 | Las Vegas, Arizona or Nevada?
Soon after gaining statehood, in 1866 the Nevada border was extended southward to include the Las Vegas area. But it took the Nevada legislature more than 100 years to formally accept the new boundaries.

Apr 19, 2002 | April Fool Mine - 1892
To the surprise of many the April Fool Mine becomes one of Nevada's most prosperous mines...though there was a high price to pay with the deaths of 300 miners.

Apr 5, 2002 | Culinary Union
Hard times during the depression result in the birth of the Culinary Union in Las Vegas in 1931.

Mar 29, 2002 | 1931 - North Las Vegas
Tom Williams settles north of Las Vegas and begins selling lots in "Vegas Verde" with no taxes and no building codes.

Mar 22, 2002 | Nevada Legalizes Gambling - 1931
One of the most important events in the history of Nevada, although Las Vegas didn't think so at the time...the legalization of gambling.

Mar 15, 2002 | 1938 - Las Vegas Theater
Even the dusty little town of Las Vegas was home to community theater 64 years ago.

Mar 8, 2002 | Las Vegas Goldrush
Frenchman Mountain is the site of a very brief goldrush in 1912.

Mar 1, 2002 | Divorce - Nevada Style
Las Vegas battles Reno as the celebrity divorce capitol of the country.

Feb 22, 2002 | Mazeppa
Many shows from France have made a home in Las Vegas, including the latest, La Femme. We'll hear about a show from Nevada that took Paris by Storm.

Feb 15, 2002 | Rosie the Riveter
1943 - The demands of WWII bring women workers to Basic Magnesium.

Feb 8, 2002 | 1850's - Mormons Settle in Nevada
150 years ago, Mormons expanded their Utah settlements to include Carson Valley and eastern Nevada.

Feb 1, 2002 | L.A. Gamblers Move to L.V.
California police cracked down on illegal gambling in 1939, prompting an era of expansion for Las Vegas casinos.

Jan 25, 2002 | Early Fremont Street #4
Bob Russell inspires the myth of Las Vegas as a place to strike it rich.

Jan 18, 2002 | Early Fremont Street #3
We've been exploring Fremont Street on Nevada Yesterdays, today we'll hear what's behind all the neon at Binion's.

Jan 11, 2002 | Early Fremont Street #2
Fremont Street circa 1915...perhaps the first casino...The Northern Club and Hotel.

Jan 4, 2002 | Early Fremont Street
#1 Fremont Street - now the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, started as the Hotel Nevada in 1906...and later the Sal Sagev.

Dec 28, 2001 | New Year's Eve 1945/46
Big changes in Las Vegas reflected in Strip headliners.

Dec 21, 2001 | Death Valley
1849 - Desperate travelers spend Christmas in Death Valley.

Dec 7, 2001 | Clark Township and Block 16
The birth of the city's first Tavern District, which became the Red Light District.

Nov 30, 2001 | 1849 - Misery Lake
Mormon settlers discover the wrong way to California through what come to be known as Death Valley.

Nov 16, 2001 | 1950 - Gangsters in Casinos?
National politicians question the involvement of gangsters in LV casinos.

Nov 2, 2001 | 1939 - Gambling is OK
Community leaders decide to push gambling as a tourist attraction.

Oct 26, 2001 | Ghost Dance
We hear about the Ghost Dance and how Nevada and the Battle at wounded Knee are related.

Oct 18, 2001 | Pop Squires
We hear about a father of Las Vegas, Pop Squires...

Oct 5, 2001 | Boulder Dam Dedication
The dedication of Boulder Dam - 66 years ago this week...

Sep 7, 2001 | 1897 - Prize Fighting in NV


Aug 24, 2001 | Sheriff Sam Gay


Aug 17, 2001 | Rawhide, Nevada


Aug 10, 2001 | Clark Underpass


Aug 3, 2001 | Bigamy, Divorce & Evangelism


Jul 27, 2001 | 1922 Railroad Strike


Jul 20, 2001 | Wobblies at the Dam


Jul 13, 2001 | Shootout in 1884


Jun 29, 2001 | Labor Problems at Boulder Dam


Jun 22, 2001 | Don't call him "Bugsy"


Jun 15, 2001 | Disappearing Act


Jun 8, 2001 | 1940 Marriage Boom


Jun 1, 2001 | Mouse Roulette


May 25, 2001 | 1954 - The Riviera


May 18, 2001 | Liberty's Last Stand


May 11, 2001 | Fremont & Carson


May 4, 2001 | 1938 - Community Theater


Apr 27, 2001 | The Delamar Mining Camp


Apr 20, 2001 | Las Vegas Grows with Railroad


Apr 13, 2001 | 1858 - Mormons vs US Army


Mar 30, 2001 | Unionized Dealers


Mar 23, 2001 | "Nellis" Air Force Base


Mar 16, 2001 | Birth of Boulder City


Mar 9, 2001 | The Old Spanish Trail part 2


Mar 2, 2001 | The Old Spanish Trail


Feb 23, 2001 | Nevada Dancer Stars in France - 1864


Feb 16, 2001 | Basic Magnesium


Feb 9, 2001 | First Radio in Las Vegas


Jan 31, 2001 | 1951 A-Bomb Frenzy


Jan 24, 2001 | The History of Keno in Nevada


Jan 17, 2001 | Carole Lombard Plane Crash


Jan 10, 2001 | 1940 - Two LV City Commissions


Jan 3, 2001 | Socialist Mayor - 1939


Dec 20, 2000 | Col. Bob Russell


Dec 13, 2000 | Christmas in Death Valley 1849


Dec 6, 2000 | The First Las Vegas Rodeo


Nov 29, 2000 | Howard Hughes


Nov 22, 2000 | 1934 Election Scandal


Nov 15, 2000 | 1955 - Boom or Bust?


Nov 8, 2000 | Ghost Dance


Nov 1, 2000 | Battle Born - Statehood


Oct 25, 2000 | Charles Squires - Father of LV Republicans
We hear about a father of Las Vegas, Pop Squires...

Oct 11, 2000 | R-J Editor/Politician


Sep 27, 2000 | 1921 - Women Jurors


Sep 20, 2000 | The Meadows


Sep 13, 2000 | Hoover Dam


Sep 6, 2000 | People Movers


Aug 30, 2000 | Hell-Raising Neighborhood


Aug 23, 2000 | University of Nevada - Elko


Aug 9, 2000 | Election 1920


Aug 2, 2000 | Clark Underpass


Jul 26, 2000 | LV Giants/H. L. Wilson


Jul 19, 2000 | Las Vegas Radio


Jul 12, 2000 | Las Vegas Wranglers Baseball


Jul 5, 2000 | July 4th 1855


Jun 28, 2000 | 1932 - Blacks get jobs at Boulder Dam


Jun 21, 2000 | Bugsy at the Beginning


Jun 14, 2000 | St. Thomas, NV submerged by Lake Mead


Jun 7, 2000 | 1940 - Marriage Popular in LV


May 31, 2000 | The Las Vegas News - 1941


May 24, 2000 | The Thunderbird


May 17, 2000 | 1931 Bootleggers


May 10, 2000 | Lorenzi Resort


May 3, 2000 | Las Vegas, Arizona or Nevada?


Apr 26, 2000 | Railroad Village - 1910


Apr 12, 2000 | Las Vegas Annexations


Apr 5, 2000 | Highway Construction


Mar 29, 2000 | The Arizona Club


Mar 22, 2000 | North Las Vegas


Mar 15, 2000 | William H. Nellis - Nellis AFB


Mar 8, 2000 | Nevada Legalizes Gambling 1931


Mar 1, 2000 | Leaping Las Vegas


Feb 23, 2000 | Theater in Las Vegas - 1938


Feb 16, 2000 | Divorce - Las Vegas Style


Feb 9, 2000 | Early Fremont Street #5


Feb 2, 2000 | Early Fremont Street #4


Jan 26, 2000 | Early Fremont Street #3


Jan 19, 2000 | Early Fremont Street #2


Jan 12, 2000 | Early Fremont Street


Jan 5, 2000 | End of Prohibition - 1933


Dec 29, 1999 | New Year's Eve 1945


Dec 22, 1999 | Socialist Mayor - 1939


Dec 15, 1999 | Col. Bob Russell


Dec 8, 1999 | Pearl Harbor-Las Vegas


Dec 1, 1999 | The Demise of Block 16


Nov 24, 1999 | First Thanksgiving in Las Vegas


Nov 17, 1999 | The Donner Party in Nevada


Nov 3, 1999 | The Majestic Theater


Oct 27, 1999 | Tom Williams & Vegas Verde


Oct 20, 1999 | First Movie Theater (1905)


Oct 13, 1999 | Charles Squires - Father of the Republican Party


Oct 6, 1999 | R-J Editor/Politician


Sep 29, 1999 | Pres. Franklin Roosevelt Visits


Sep 22, 1999 | Depression Era Las Vegas


Sep 15, 1999 | The Meadows nightclub - 1931


Sep 8, 1999 | 1905 - No Schoolhouse in Vegas


Sep 1, 1999 | Frontiers in Vegas part 3


Aug 25, 1999 | Frontiers in Vegas part 2


Aug 18, 1999 | Frontiers in Vegas part 1


Aug 11, 1999 | RR Underpass Unites Las Vegas - '37


Aug 4, 1999 | Summer of '61


Jul 28, 1999 | Bigamy, Divorce & Evangelism


Jul 21, 1999 | 1922 Railroad Strike


Jul 14, 1999 | Electrifying Las Vegas


Jul 7, 1999 | Shootout in 1884


Jun 30, 1999 | Babyface Nelson in Las Vegas?


| The Birth of Clark County
Former Senator Richard Bryan tells us why February 5 marks an important anniversary in Nevada.

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