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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press (November 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874177537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874177534
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a detailed history of Searchlight, Nevada, located some 60 miles south of Las Vegas. Though Searchlight is a small town in the high Mojave Desert, it can serve as a metaphor for the modern West. Boom, bust, boom again typifies the West as we've known it in the 20th century. Searchlight started out a mining town, boomed with the construction of rail and highway routes, floundered when the mines ran out and the interstate bypassed it, and boomed again with legalized gambling, prostitution, population influx from Southern California, retirement housing and retirees, and a new road from Las Vegas to Laughlin. It never once failed, as the subtitle states?all because of the people who made up its soul, claims the author, a senator from Nevada. His affection for his birthplace is evident throughout, and he has managed to conduct and present scholarly research while serving as a full-time senator. Recommended for all Western history collections in academic and public libraries.?Thomas K. Fry, Univ. of Denver
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“People who think history is dry and boring will receive a lesson to the contrary with Harry Reid’s loving tribute to his hometown, Searchlight, Nevada.<br> --Bisbee (Ariz.) Pay Dirt<br> <br> “Reid has written of an era in Nevada history that has not been fully touched on prior to this, and his book covers an important segment of the history of the West.<br> --Journal of the West<br> <br> “Senator Reid’s narrative of the rise and fall of Searchlight . . . adds grist to the mill of historians engaged in studying the developmental phases of several Nevada mining camps. . . . The book is a good read and an important document on Nevada’s recent history.<br> --International California Mining Journal<br> <br> <br> <br>

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on July 28, 2008
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Just on the other side of the Arizona and California border, Searchlight is about an hour south of Las Vegas. While Vegas currently has over one and a half million people, Searchlight only has around eight hundred. It wasn't always that way. There was a time when Searchlight's population and modernity eclipsed that of Sin City. "Searchlight: The Camp That Didn't Fail" is a history of this town. Written by the current U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid is a son of Searchlight. Reid examines the hypotheses surrounding the origin of the town's unusual name. This history begins with the site's prospecting days. The story continues with the mining boom and bust and finishes with Searchlight's reincarnation as a retirement community and stop off for Lake Mojave recreationalists. Being one of the most productive mines in US history, the Quartette gold mine is largely responsible for Searchlight's former greatness. Reid spends a good deal of time on founding fathers Benjamin Macready and Colonel Hopkins. Other people associated with the town include Scott Joplin, James Cashman, Rex Bell, Clara Bow, John Macready and Queho, the outlaw Paiute. Topics include banking, the mining strike, newspapers, education, prostitution and the railroad. While the author recounts some of his personal experiences, much of the research for "Searchlight" is based on surviving newspaper articles. The handsome book includes photographs, appendices, end notes, maps and a foreword by former governor O'Callaghan. In terms of drawbacks, the book could have included a tri-state regional map. Harry Reid discusses places that are either not marked or are located off the included Nevada map.Read more ›
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By Terry Sramek on January 7, 2014
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Interesting story. You would never know the cities past by the way it looks today. I was pleasantly surprised to find by copy was signed by Harry Reid U.S.S.
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By walter e schwarz on July 19, 2014
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prompt shipping, liked the book
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Castle on May 10, 2013
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One of my great uncles was a prospector who lived in Searchlight for many years and I thought perhaps,
because of the small population, Harry Reid might have known him. NOT!!
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