On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 6 p.m., the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum will host a lecture at City Hall by Dr. Edward Leo Lyman.
This lecture is the first of three and is titled “Freight-Wagons, Mail-Carriers and Passenger Transportation Through Southern Utah and Southern Nevada Region, 1849-1900.” Lyman will share insights into the movement of freight, early settlers and transportation routes in the area.
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.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information about this event and the Museum,call (702)346-5705, find us on Facebook at MesquiteNVMuseum or stop by the Museum at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Image from 1930's Arrowhead Trail Guidebook