Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Clark County Museum-A Step into the Past

Mark Hall-Patton at Ghost Town

Founded in 1967 by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, the Clark County Museum comprises 30 acres of exhibits and restored historic structures in Henderson, Nevada.  In 1979, Clark County acquired the museum site and its collections, and has been adding to the complex since that time.

The main museum structure was built in 1990, and houses a timeline of Clark County history and a changing gallery.  The timeline exhibits show prehistoric Clark County, the Native American tribes which have called the area home, early explorers and settlers, and the growth and development of Las Vegas. 

When you visit the museum grounds, there are over a dozen restored homes and commercial buildings to visit.  The museum also boasts railroad rolling stock, from a Union Pacific switcher engine to a caboose, box car, and combination passenger/baggage car. These bracket the 1931 Union Pacific railroad depot, which is also open for tours. 

Other restored buildings include the 1966 Candlelight Wedding Chapel (which is unfortunately not available for weddings), the1952 barn from the Esslinger Homestead, a recreated newspaper print shop showing early printing equipment, and Mobile America, an exhibit which includes a 1947 Spartenette Trailer and the Motor Court cabin #14.

There is also a  Ghost Town, which includes the Toll Cabin from Lamoille, Nevada, and the jail from Tuscarora, Nevada, as well as the Sweet Shop from the Las Frontier Village, a Las Vegas Strip attraction taken down in the early 1960s.  Even with all this, there is an extensive walking trail complex on the site and the Mojave Garden Outdoor Classroom, which shows four distinct eco-systems of the Mojave Desert.

Giles House

The Museum is the headquarters of the Clark County Museum system, which also includes the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum and the Searchlight Community Museum. 

The Clark County Museum is open seven days a week, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Admission: $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for children under 18 and seniors over 50.
1830 S. Boulder Highway
Henderson, NV 89002-8502
(702) 455-7955

When you visit the Clark County Museum you will see the history of Clark County and the west.  How people lived and where, why they settled here, what happened before gaming, and what has happened since. 

Come explore our amazing history.  Take your Step into the Past!

Museum entrance

Thanks to Mark Hall-Patton, Clark County Museum Administrator.


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