Searchlight: The Camp that Didn't Fail

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Deep in the desolate Mojave Desert in Nevada’s extreme southern tip lies a small mining town called Searchlight. This meticulously researched book by Searchlight’s most distinguished native son recounts the colorful history of the town and the lives of the hardy people who built it and sustained a community in one of the least hospitable environments in the United States. Its story encompasses both Nevada’s early twentieth-century mining boom and the phenomenal growth of southern Nevada after World War II. ...

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Overview

Deep in the desolate Mojave Desert in Nevada’s extreme southern tip lies a small mining town called Searchlight. This meticulously researched book by Searchlight’s most distinguished native son recounts the colorful history of the town and the lives of the hardy people who built it and sustained a community in one of the least hospitable environments in the United States. Its story encompasses both Nevada’s early twentieth-century mining boom and the phenomenal growth of southern Nevada after World War II. Searchlight is a valuable contribution to the history of Nevada and a lively account of life in the forbidding depths of the Mojave Desert.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874177534
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 537,887
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Reid was born in Searchlight to a local mining family. He has represented Nevada in Congress for more than two decades. He became Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate in 2004.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Foreword   Former Governor Mike O'Callaghan     xi
Preface     xix
Introduction   James W. Hulse     xxiii
The Beginning     1
Money from Massachusetts     6
The Camp That Didn't Fail     10
Why Searchlight?     15
The Big Strike     20
The Big Mine     30
The Coming of the Railroad     42
A Fashionable Town     54
Newspapers     63
Even a Bank     67
Boomed Out     71
Other Camps     76
Cattle and Crops     79
Commercial Competition     88
Politics     98
Schools     104
Crime and Punishment, or the Lack Thereof     112
Accidents     117
Weather     121
Academy Award Champion     125
How Big Was It?     128
Flying High and Flying Low     132
The Camp Wouldn't Fail     145
The Renegade Indian     155
Searchlight Survived the War     163
The Promoter     169
The World's Oldest Profession     178
Conclusion     187
Mineral Production of the Searchlight District, 1902-1962     191
Climatological Data     195
Total Precipitation (inches) for Searchlight, 1949-1993     196
Average Temperature (Fahrenheit) for Searchlight, 1949-1993     198
Searchlight Climatological Summary     200
Postmasters, Searchlight, Clark County, Nevada (since 1926)     201
Notes     203
Selected Bibliography     219
Index     221
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    Senator Reid is a great Man!

    This book is quite educational and now a historic piece. Great for everyones collection!

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