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Searchlight: The Camp That Didn't Fail
     

Searchlight: The Camp That Didn't Fail

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by Harry Reid, James W. Hulse (Introduction), Mike O'Callaghan (Foreword by)
 

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Nevada's U.S. Senator Harry Reid is a native of Searchlight, Nevada, and in this charming, meticulously researched book, he lovingly recounts the history of his home town.

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Nevada's U.S. Senator Harry Reid is a native of Searchlight, Nevada, and in this charming, meticulously researched book, he lovingly recounts the history of his home town.

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Library Journal
This is a detailed history of Searchlight, Nevada, located some 60 miles south of Las Vegas. Though Searchlight is a small town in the high Mojave Desert, it can serve as a metaphor for the modern West. Boom, bust, boom again typifies the West as we've known it in the 20th century. Searchlight started out a mining town, boomed with the construction of rail and highway routes, floundered when the mines ran out and the interstate bypassed it, and boomed again with legalized gambling, prostitution, population influx from Southern California, retirement housing and retirees, and a new road from Las Vegas to Laughlin. It never once failed, as the subtitle statesall because of the people who made up its soul, claims the author, a senator from Nevada. His affection for his birthplace is evident throughout, and he has managed to conduct and present scholarly research while serving as a full-time senator. Recommended for all Western history collections in academic and public libraries.Thomas K. Fry, Univ. of Denver
Booknews
The author, a US Senator from Nevada, recounts the past of his home town from its beginnings as a mining camp to its current status as an outpost town where the largest employer is a casino. Along the way he touches on everything from the world's oldest profession to the weather in the Mojave. Appends information on the region's mineral production and climatological data from 1949 to 1993. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780874173109
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
233
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.95(d)

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Searchlight: The Camp That Didn't Fail 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is quite educational and now a historic piece. Great for everyones collection!