At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum will host a lecture by Dr. Edward Leo Lyman in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Lyman’s lecture will focus on the Southern Paiute Native American tribe, including the history of Moapa Paiute Chief Tosho. Chief Tosho was instrumental in keeping the fragile peace of the Valley. This free event is open to the public.
Dr. Edward Leo Lyman has been a history buff his whole life. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside and is an emeritus professor of history. He taught history for over 50 years with a particular interest in transportation from Utah to California. Early transportation routes involving
Mesquite included pack mule trains, automobiles and the railroad in Meadow Valley, Nevada. Lyman has written two books about wagon travel — “The Arduous Road, The Most Difficult Wagon Road in American History” and “Overland Journey, The Wagon Road from the City of the Saints to the City of Angels.” He has also written articles about the Arrowhead Highway, the first automobile highway from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, which have been published in Utah, Nevada and California historical quarterly journals. Lyman is currently writing a book on the Southern Paiute Tribe, including the history of Moapa Paiute Chief Tosho, whose home village was in the Mesquite area from 1850-1870. Lyman currently resides in Silver Reef, Utah.
Photo of Dr. Leo Lyman courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society