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The Old Mormon Fort:
Birthplace of Las Vegas, Nevada--
Supplementary Resources

By studying The Old Mormon Fort: Birthplace of Las Vegas, Nevada students will discover the reasons why the Mormons chose Las Vegas as a site for their mission. They will also examine how the historic fort changed over time and gave birth to the city of Las Vegas. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park
The park's website contains information on visiting the park as well as detailed descriptions about the fort.

Friends of the Fort
Friends of the Fort is a nonprofit organization that assists the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park. Visit the organization's website for more information about the history of the fort, a photo gallery, and upcoming events.

Nevada State Museum and Historical Society at Las Vegas
Visit the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society website for more information about their archive of materials containing copies of journals of the Missionaries, as well as ranchers Gass and Stewart, and papers and photos from the Stewart family. They also have informational trunks featuring Helen Stewart. Tours can be arranged and conducted for school children.

University of Nevada Las Vegas
The University of Nevada Las Vegas Special Collections division contains books, papers, and several pictures of different phases of the development of the fort and the birth of Las Vegas. They also have a copy of the John Steele map. Their microfilm collection contains copies of the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper. Visit the online virtual exhibits for a digital collection of early Las Vegas images, an exhibit about Spanish exploration and settlement of what they considered the New World, and 80 historic maps of Las Vegas and southern Nevada.

Brigham Young University of Utah Provo
The online special collections at the University library contains a section called Trails of Hope: Overland Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869. This is a collection of the original writings of 49 voyagers on the Mormon, California, Oregon, and Montana trails who wrote while traveling on the trail. Some diarists speak with uncommon eloquence and others with maddening brevity, while telling their stories of persistence and pain, birth and death, God and gold, dust and debris, bugs and buffalo, love and laughter, and trail tedium.

Old Spanish Trail Association
The mission of the Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA) is to study, preserve, protect, interpret, and promote appropriate use of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail. OSTA promotes public awareness of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail and its multicultural heritage by encouraging research and publication and partnering with governments and private organizations. For more information, please visit the OSTA website.

NPS--Old Spanish National Historic Trail
For more information about the trail of networks that comprised the Old Spanish Trail, please visit the park's website.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
For more information about the history of the Church and the pioneers who settled Salt Lake, visit the official website and click on its index.

Nevada History--A Walk in the Past
For more information about the history of Nevada including numerous photographs, maps, histories, and more, please visit this website.

Las Vegas Review Journal
This website is the Review-Journal's three-part series chronicling 100 people who had major impacts on Las Vegas over the city's first century including Fremont, Bringhurst, Gass, Stewart, Bracken, and many more.

 

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