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  • Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee RailroadArcadia Virginia Truckee

    Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad $21.99 The Virginia & Truckee is the most famous short line railroad in American history. Brainchild of William Sharon and the Bank of California, the V&T hauled the silver and gold ore, the cordwood, and the mining timbers that made the 1870s “Big Bonanza” a reality. From the state capital at Carson City, V&T rails stretched 66 miles to Virginia City, Reno, and Minden, Nevada. Serving the transportation needs of the Comstock’s nearly 40,000 inhabitants, the V&T remained in operation until 1950. The enormously successful railroad paid its early owners handsome dividends. The V&T’s ornate…

  • Nevada PinsNevada Pins

    Nevada Pins $10.00 Show your Nevada pride with these two pins. Perfect for hats, scarfs, lapels, back packs, purses and for use as a tie-tac. The first pin is shaped in an outline of the State of Nevada and features the snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada with the inscription Battle Born. The second pin consists of the U.S. Flag and the Nevada State Flag crossed over a banner that reads Nevada. Produced by the L.W. Bristol company, the color and clarity of these pins is phenominal. And yes, they are American made!  The stickpins on the backside of these pins can…

  • Lake Tahoe: A Maritime History8912TAHOcvr.indd

    Lake Tahoe: A Maritime History $21.99 Lake Tahoe’s legendary scenic beauty is witnessed annually by millions of visitors. Many have done this from the surface of the lake itself. In fact, the lake’s maritime history began just seven years after the lake’s initial discovery in 1843. Although many of the early steamers were designed for industrial use, the lake soon became a showcase for beautiful pleasure craft, stately sailing yachts, sleek paddle wheelers and trophy class racers. The sight of a boat venturing out into the vast, deep blue expanse of Lake Tahoe still attracts visitors and residents today.  Author…

  • Capitol Benchmark and Nevada State Seal PinsUSGS Capitol BM Pins

    Capitol Benchmark and Nevada State Seal Pins $10.00 Show your Nevada pride with these unique pins. The Capitol Benchmark pin is an exact reproduction of the US Geological Survey Benchmark located on the capitol grounds in Carson City. The Nevada State Seal pin is an authentic reproduction of the State of Nevada’s Great Seal. Perfect for ball caps, purses, scarfs, lapels, or use as a tie-tac (The stickpin on the back side can also be cut off and the pin glued onto any flat surface). Produced in the USA by the L.W. Bristol Company, the color and clarity of these pins…

  • Comstock ChristmasV&TVCCC

    Comstock Christmas $9.95 Celebrate the season with this unique Christmas Card. Featuring a beautiful rendition of Virginia & Truckee #11, the Reno, pulling a V&T passenger train into the station at Virginia City on a cold and clear Christmas morning. The painting, by famed railroad artist Marc Desobeau, is historically accurate; even showing the historic St. Mary’s church in the background. These cards are packaged in ten-packs and include white envelopes. The caption reads “The Comstock Lode was the first major U.S. discovery of silver ore, located what is now Virginia City, Nevada. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad brought the…

  • Train Station PuzzleNSRM Kids Puzzle

    Train Station Puzzle $9.95 This image of Nevada State Railroad Museum locomotive #8 and its passenger train, arriving at the museum’s Wabuska Depot, has been cut into 35 large pieces with a solid backing board for easy assembly by children. The image is colorful and has lots of natural lines for children to follow. This makes it easier for children to figure out where each piece goes into the puzzle. Solid chip board construction will result in many years of enjoyment. The 8 1/2 by 11 inch size is perfect for childrens activity tables, small desks and for traveling. Shipped…


Barbara F. Vucanovich new!

  • December 11, 2014

Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress and Back Again $24.95 When Barbara Vucanovich ran for Congress in 1982, she was sixty-one years old, and it was her first try for a political office. She campaigned as a “tough grandmother,” and her commonsense approach to politics reflected her personal values. Representing Nevada’s newly created Second Congressional District, she became the first Nevada women elected to a federal office. During her fourteen years in the US House of Representitives, she remained committed to both her constituents and the conservative ideals of her party. In this engaging memoir, written with her daughter,…

Nevada: A History

  • December 8, 2014

Nevada: A History $19.95 Originally published in 1977 as Robert Laxalt’s contribution to a series of books observing the nation’s bicentennial, Nevada: A History is an evocative portrait of the state and its people. In a gently sentimental style, Laxalt’s narrative history offers readers a highly personal review of the Silver State’s past, combined with delightful anecdotes. Noting that “nothing is more revealing of the character, attitudes and environment of the region than the pure language of the people who inhabit it,” Laxalt qoutes liberally from conversations he heard through the years, furthering his efforts to explore all aspects of…

Fishes of the Great Basin

  • December 8, 2014

Fishes of the Great Basin $39.95 Even in the arid Great Basin, lakes, rivers and streams support an astonishing variety of fish, important sources of food for Native Americans and later settlers. The landscape of the Great Basin contains clear mountain streams, Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, Mono Lake, Bear Lake, and the Logan River; renowned fish and fisheries in these waters include Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and the Cui-ui (both now endangered) and the Bonneville Cutthroat Troat. William and John Sigler provide an illustrated natural history of every fish found in these waters (indigenous and well as introduced), discussion of threatened…

The Sagebrush State

  • December 8, 2014

The Sagebrush State: Nevada’s History, Government, and Politics $ 21.95 Nevada’s politics have been formed in large measure by its turbulent history and harsh environment. The Sagebrush State is a readable and insightful explanation of how Nevada’s history created its political culture and how its government works today. This volume includes the full text of the state constitution, with extensive annotations of all amendments to the original 1864 document. This fourth edition is updated through 2012 to include information on the elections of 2010 and 2012 and recent controversial sessions of the legislature. Michael W. Bowers is a professor of…

Death Valley National Park

  • December 8, 2014

Death Valley National Park: A History $24.95 This comprehensive study of Death Valley National Park probes the environmental and human history of this astonishing desert, and tells the story of its preservation. It details the many debates over the park’s size, conflicts between miners, farmers, the military, and wilderness advocates; the treatment of the Timbisha people; and the continuing impact of tourists on its cultural and natural resources. The History of Death Valley National Park embodies the many tensions confronting American enviromentalism. Authors Hal K. Rothman and Char Miller are long established heroes of U.S. environmental history. Rothman was distinguished…

Speaking Through The Aspens

  • December 8, 2014

Speaking Through The Aspans: Basque Tree Carvings in California and Nevada $29.95 Hikers in the mountains of the Far West have long known about mysterious carvings found on aspen trees, but few have researched their intent or significance. Historian J. Mallea-Olaetxe has spent twenty years recording and studying these arborglyphs, which were largely the work of Basque sheepherders. The carvings – names, dates, phrases in several languages, even human and animal figures -provide a unique and important record of the lives of the solitary Basque sheepherder. For the firsttime, these men speak for themselves about their experiance. Author Maellea-Olaetxe analyzes…

The Infamous King of the Comstock

  • December 8, 2014

The Infamous King of the Comstock: William Sharon and the Gilded Age in the West $24.95 William Sharon was one of Nevada’s most reviled historical figures. This first-ever biography lays bare the life of the notorious but enigmatic Sharon and examines the broader historical context of his career – the complex business relationships between San Francisco and the booming gold and silver mining camps of the Far West, the machinations of rampant Gilded Age capitalism: and the sophisticated financial and technological infrastructure supporting Virginia City’s boomtown economy. It is a significant contribution to the history of the economic and social…

Twenty Miles From a Match

  • December 8, 2014

Twenty Miles From a Match: Homesteading in Western Nevada $16.95 Twenty Miles From a Match, originally published in 1978, is the autobiography of an indomitable woman and her family’s twenty years of adventures and misadventures in a desert wilderness. In 1908, a venturesome woman named Sarh Olds packed up her brood and went homesteading west of Sutcliffe on Pyramid Lake. Her ailing husband said, welcoming her to their new home, “There, old lady. That’s your home, and it’s damn near in the heart of Egypt.” Olds tells of the hardships, frustrations, poverty, and other tribulations her family suffered from shortly…

Bodie’s Gold

  • December 8, 2014

Bodie’s Gold: Tall Tales & true History from a California Mining Town $24.95 The Bodie Mining District was established in 1860 after the discovery of gold deposits in the area. Bodie’s largest boom ended just after twenty years later, but the town survived into the twentieth century supported by a few small but steady mines. Mining ended with World War II. What remained of the town became a state park in 1964. Bodie’s Gold offers a lively and accurate history of this legendary Gold Rush boomtown. Bodie was a rough mining camp that for a time had the highest murder…

Nevada’s Enviromental Legacy

  • December 7, 2014

Nevada’s Enviromental Legacy: Progress or Plunder $24.95 Nevada’s history as a state has been largely a story of the exploitation of its natural resources. Mining has torn down mountains and poisoned streams and groundwater. Uncontrolled grazing by vast herds of sheep and cattle has denuded grasslands and left them prey to the invasion of noxious plant species and vulnerable to wildfire. Clear-cut logging has changed the composition of forests and induced serious soil erosion. More recently, military testing, including hundreds of atomic blasts to test the efficacy of nuclear weapons, has irreversibly polluted vast expanses of fragile desert land. And…