Early Las Vegas Nevada History
Early Las Vegas Nevada Oral History, as told by Charlene Cox Cruze was published by the Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project, Oral History Research Center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. A copy is available for viewing in the Library on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas. Her family history in the Las Vegas valley dates back to 1855. Relatives of Char include the first school teacher in what became known as Clark County; one of the early miners at the Mount Potosi lead mine, and the Town of Overton; and family members attended the 1905 land auction on Fremont Street held by the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad.
Born in Las Vegas, Char is a life long resident of Las Vegas valley. Char is affiliated with the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild, Friends of the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, Friends of Red Rock Canyon, Friends of Classic Las Vegas, the Lost City Museum of Archaeology, the Old Spanish Trail Association, the Preservation Association of Clark County, Distinguished Women of Southern Nevada, and Southern Nevada Women’s History Project. Char is Registered with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Registered with the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a Registered Member of the Northern Tsalagi Nation. Char is published in “Skirts that Swept the Desert Floor,”the story of her Great Grandmother. Established in 1976, Char is president and owner of Creative Adventures Ltd, http://www.creativeadventuresltd.net, specializing in personalized southwestern sightseeing tours. Char said, “Since 1976 we have been showing tourists the hidden secrets of Nevada and the Southwest. From the mountains to the deserts, from the mining towns of Nevada, Arizona and Death Valley to the canyon lands of Utah, we know the area and we are listed as a favorite in Frommer’s travel guide.”