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i Gazette on the street... How do you think the Clinton years will be yed n histo00 books. Fulle ump Fallbrook, CA portra! Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, May 22, 1997 17 Illl 1 i i Pahrump JOHN P. _ " LER. Retired. DICK PARRY -- Realtor -. 'I Carpenter--"H's ........ ftrefighter--WCotsctlmnGrant, think . Chnton will be perceived. aslongas hekeclhisbyhis as doing more and trying to do side, she does most of the work more than any president we have anyway." had for a long time. This in spite of suffering political harassment from all corners, be it for either real or unreal human MARJORIE VERDUSCO- - Retired secretary - As a man not afraid to go after things - he doesn't back down from his problems -- doesn't run away from them. Does a lot of talk and doesn't follow through on some things. Overall he will imperfections." be remembered as a good president," WINNIE MARELAND -- Retired primary school teacher - - "I think he will be thoughtof better than that he is now. I lived in Arkansas when he was governor and he helped that state a lot. He was a good governor, His personal life should he n " " w" t7 betwee him and his fie. I Compiled by Gazette staff photographers III 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump Nevada then and now Searchlight: Early Southern Nevada Mining Camp by Phillip I, Earl Nevada Historical Society F or many years, Nevada's mining camps have been written of in quaint, anec- dotal fashion with very little depth and scant ii U n - I der- standing of life as it was. This approach has now been supplemented by new, intensive research techniques and studies which focus upon such communities as "urban oases" on the "mining frontier." In "The Camp With- out a Failure: Search- light, 1903-09," pub- lished in the Fall 1996 issue of the Nevada His- torical Society Quarterly, Bruce Alverson, agradu- ate student in History at the University of Ne- vada, Las Vegas, takes up the chronicle of one of Southern Nevada's premier camps in the first decade of this century. The history of the various mining opera- tions is detailed in terms of finance, promotion, produc- tion and decline and considerable attention is paid to periodic labor troubles which plagued the camp. Of particular interest is the saga of transportation --- freighting, stage lines, railroads and the coming of the auto- mobile --- and the development of Searchlight's infrastruc- accustomed to hearing about, but important elements of the history on the mining frontier. The author also details the history of Searchlight's busi- ness community, the hotels ii, i i I Searchlight, early-day Southern Nevada mining camp, circa 1908. ture, the town's water system, the ice plant, electrification and the telegraph and telephone systems. Searchlight also had public tennis courts, a public library, a community hospital and a public school --- hardly the "wild west" most readers are banking and journalism. In this connection, he comments upon boisterism and commu- nity promotion during the camp's growth phase. He also gets into politics --- the con- flict which developed over moving the county seat from Pioche to either Las Vegas or Searchlight or creating a new county out of the southern section of Lincoln County. There were heated arguments over municipal incorporation in 1907 as well. Searchlight's decline mir- rors that of other Nevada camps-- - the playing out of the richest ore bodies, the consequences of the finan- cial panic of 1907 and the failure of the leasing system which followed in the wake of the boom. This issue of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly is available at the Reno Mu- scum at a cost of $6. By mail, the cost is $7.50, postage included. Write the Nevada Historical Society, 1650 Vir- ginia St., Reno, Nev., 89503. For further information, call (702)688-1191. I Illl I Illl