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January 21, 2010

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OK, since you’re asking. My favorite history book about Nevada that I’ve found so far is “My Adventures With Your Money” by George Graham Rice. It’s a first person account of Goldfield in the early 20th century. Mr. Rice was a mine owner and stock trader at the Goldfield Stock Exchange who was eventually convicted of fraud, among other things. He was not a great writer and the book drags a bit, but you’ll get a good idea of how wild the place was during the boom years.

Also, you might like “Westering Man: The Life Of Joseph Walker” by Bil Gilbert. He was an early explorer and fur trapper who “discovered” several places around here (Walker Lake, Yosemite valley). If you go west from Hallalujah Junction, across the California border you’ll enter a long valley. At the west end of the valley, just before you start up the hill, there is a 2 story house he built towards the end of his life that is still standing.

Also, anything by Richard “Rich” Moreno will help you in your travels. He’s in Carson City and has been writing about interesting stuff for at least 30 years. I don’t know if he still has a current blog, but he’s written several small travel books about Nevada. Just google his name and you’ll see what I mean.

I’ve really been enjoying your book reviews. It‘s an impressive list. Keep up the good work.

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