With the completion of Hoover Dam, community leaders had to find a way to keep the economy going. We hear from R. Guild Gray and Jim Cashman, Jr. In the years after the dam, and before casinos took over, Helldorado brought the community together.
Hal Curtis tells about the different ways people managed to make a few dollars during the depression. Kids would be paid to break windows so someone else could be hired to fix them. And bootleg whiskey could be a good way to make money.
Hal Curtis and Tommy Nelson talk about how during the Great Depression the area's economy turned around
with the construction of Hoover Dam. It was dirty, dangerous work but it was eagerly taken by men
desperate for any kind of paying job.
Harley E. Harmon talks about the early years in Las Vegas when his father Harley A. Harmon was a leading civic figure. As a longtime Clark County Commissioner Harley E. Harmon explains what was achieved to lay the foundation for the city as we know it in
Ed Von Tobel tells the story of his father's lumber business - and an account of the 1905 Land auction. He also talks about beating the heat in those early years and struggling with the boom and bust cycles of the early 1900s.
The Paiute Indians were the first humans to make Nevada their home. We hear from three members of the Moapa band of Paiutes, Irene Benn, Evelyn Samalar and Lullaby Miller, who tell stories about the days before and after white settlers moved in.