Members and friends who attended the Sept. 15 meetings of the Friends of the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas enjoyed a stroll into the past when they visited the Springs Preserve historic streetscape, guided by Springs Preserve archaeologist Nathan Harper.


Replica buildings will house informational exhibits.

     The tour included a peek inside a three-bedroom restored railroad cottage as well as a look at the exteriors of replica buildings representing structures that stood in early Las Vegas.

     The cottages were built between 1909 and 1911. The replica buildings Include scale models of the railroad depot, the First State Bank and the Arizona Club, a saloon and hotel which eventually, after 1912, also accommodated prostitutes.

     To hear Harper’s introductory remarks, click on GUEST SPEAKERS button.



Friends who attend the Sept. 15 meeting will go on a guided tour of the Springs Preserve’s historic streetscape, which is still under construction.

Boomtown 1905 is the streetscape’s name. It includes four cottages built between 1909 and 1911 by the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake railroad company. Originally located downtown, the cottages were removed to make way for public improvements including the Bonneville Transit Center. They now stand on the campus of the Springs Preserve, just north of the state museum.

The streetscape also features reproductions of long-gone Las Vegas historic structures including the train station at the head of Fremont Street, an early bank, and period stores and saloons.cottages

Springs Preserve archaeologist Nathan Harper will lead the tour, but will present most of his remarks beforehand, in the Special Events Room where our meetings are now held.

To familiarize yourself with the streetscape, check out the Aug. 30 post on the Preserve’s Facebook page.

In addition, if you will need to use a wheelchair on the tour, please contact Friends media coordinator Joan Whitely at before Sept. 15.