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.

Charlene Cox Cruze Storyteller

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.”

Charlene Cruze Receives Special Award

Charlene Cox Cruze Receiving Tourist Guide of the Decade Award from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman

Charlene Cox Cruze Receiving Tour Guide of the Decade Award from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman

At a special ceremony held at Las Vegas City Hall, Mayor Oscar B. Goodman presented the award of “Tour Guide of the Decade” to Charlene Cox Cruze.

The award, from the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild, honors Char for her dedication in promoting the history, culture, and the scenic beauty of Las Vegas and its’ valley; and for 37 years of guiding tourists to historical and natural areas of Las Vegas and its’ valley; and for teaching colleagues in the tourism industry Las Vegas history; and for sharing her family heritage, pioneers to the 1855 Las Vegas homestead.

With knowledge of history, botany, geology and wildlife, Char has trained through classes at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada. Her family history in the Las Vegas valley dates back to 1855. Relatives of Ms Cruze include the first school teacher in what became known as Clark County; founders of 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.

Members of the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild conduct tours of the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip, and to Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, and the Grand Canyon, often in conjunction with major conventions, trade shows and corporate meetings.

Established in 2005, the LVTGG is a professional and educational association for individuals and organizations involved in the guided tour segment of the tourism industry. Membership comprises professional tourist guides residing or conducting tours in Clark County Nevada. Ms Cruze is Chairperson of the Guilds’ Professional Education Committee, and is the lead trainer for professionals who wish to achieve the designation as a Certified Professional Tourist Guide. The LVTGG is affiliated with the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations – USA and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.

The May 28 ceremony, held in Mayor Goodman’s office, was attended by family, friends and colleagues of Ms Cruze. Born in Las Vegas, she 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, and the Preservation Association of Clark County. Ms Cruze 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.

Established in 1976, Ms Cruze 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.”

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