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St. Thomas, Nevada: A History Uncovered

St. Thomas, Nevada: A History Uncovered (Paperback)

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The history of St. Thomas, Nevada, the remains of which today lie under the high-water mark of Lake Mead, begins in 1865 with Mormon missionaries sent by Brigham Young to the Moapa Valley to grow cotton. In 1871 the boundary of Utah Territory was shifted east by one degree longitude, and the town became part of Nevada. New settlers moved in, miners and farmers, interacting with the Mormons and native Paiute. The building of Hoover Dam doomed the small settlement, yet a striking number of people still have connections to a town that ceased to exist three-quarters of a century ago. Today, the ruins of this ghost town, just sixty miles east of Las Vegas, are visible when the waters of Lake Mead are low. The National Park Service today preserves and interprets the remains of St. Thomas, located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, as a significant historical site. Touching as it does upon early explorers, Mormons, criminals, railroad and auto transportation, mining, water, state and federal relations, and more,St. Thomas, Nevadaoffers much to Mormon and regional historians, as well as general readers of western history.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: University of Nevada Press Publication Date: 30/10/2013 ISBN-13: 9780874179194  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Aaron McArthur was born in Polson, Montana, USA and received his PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. He has been a project historian for the National Park Service and is currently the Public History Program director at Arkansas Tech University, USA. He has published several previous articles on Mormon history.

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