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Sagebrush Psychedelic: Play in the Desert Exhibition

|m1|The Nevada Historical Society is featuring a museum exhibit takes a closer look at the draw of Nevada’s enigmatic landscape and the legends that inspired elements of the libertine, countercultural movement at the 1965 Red Dog. The exhibit will present a multi-sensory exploration of Nevada place images, tourism, fantasy, and play highlighting the Charlatans, the Comstock, and today’s countercultural life sketched in a similar vein, namely through Burning Man.

Scouts Train for New Merit Badge at Museum

May 20th, 2015. By Steven Slivka of the Boulder City Review.

Boy Scouts from across the Las Vegas Valley made their way to the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City on Saturday as they learned the ins and the outs of the industry for their railroad merit badges.

“Railroading is becoming a dying art form, as it were, so it’s good to get the boys out here to see the importance of not only the history of railroading, but the safety aspects of it,” said Kelly Williams, assistant Scout master of Troop 700 of Las Vegas.

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Railroad History Roars to Life in Boulder City

By Margo Bartlett Pesek of the Las Vegas Review Journal on March 14, 2015.

Part of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, the museum preserves a few miles of the branch line that the Union Pacific built in 1931 to serve the Boulder Dam Project during the construction of Hoover Dam. Weekend excursion trains roll along 7 miles of original track during round-trips that last about 35 minutes.

The Southern Nevada Railway excursion offers an introduction to an era that has nearly disappeared. For many visitors, this train ride may be their first such adventure. Railroads used to connect nearly all towns in America. Today, fewer rail lines operate and far fewer Americans ever board a train.

Dozens of railroads once served Nevada mines and communities. Today, only two major railroads still cross through Nevada. Only three short lines — the V&T from Virginia City to Carson City, the Nevada Northern in Ely and Boulder City’s Nevada Southern — remain from yesteryear.

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