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Notes Chapter One. Nevada: Origins and Early History 1. Russell R. Elliott, with the assistance of William D. Rowley, History of Nevada, 2d ed.,rev.(Lincoln:University of Nebraska Press,1987),33.James Hulse,however,suggests that whether Father Garcés crossed southern Nevada is still an open question (James W. Hulse, The Silver State: Nevada’s Heritage Reinterpreted [Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1991], 34). 2. Hulse, The Silver State, 35. 3. Ibid., 37. 4. The party is one of the better known as a result of Washington Irving’s 1837 book, The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the Far West. 5. Elliott and Rowley, History of Nevada, 38, and Hulse, The Silver State, 40. 6. Eleanore Bushnell and Don W. Driggs, The Nevada Constitution: Origin and Growth, 6th ed. (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1984), 4. 7.Frankie Sue Del Papa,Political History of Nevada,1990 (Carson City:State Printing Office, 1990), 33. 8. Mack and Bancroft, among others, mistakenly list the year of this first post as 1849. See Effie Mona Mack, Nevada: A History of the State from the Earliest Times Through the Civil War (Glendale, Calif.:Arthur H. Clark, 1935), 147, and Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming, 1540–1888, vol. 25 of The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft (San Francisco: History Company, 1890), 65–66. However, the more recent work of Russell R. Elliott provides conclusive evidence that the 1850 date is correct. See Russell R. Elliott,“Nevada’s First Trading Post:A Study in Historiography,” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 8 (spring 1965): 11. 9. “History of the Las Vegas Mission,” in Nevada State Historical Society Papers, 1925–1926, comp. Andrew Jenson (Reno: Nevada State Historical Society, 1926), 152. 10. Ibid., 153. 11. Los, rather than Las, was used to prevent confusion with Las Vegas, New Mexico. These episodes and many more are described in Eugene P. Moehring, Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegas, 1930–1970 (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1989), 1–3. 12. Myron Angel, ed., History of Nevada, 1881, with Illustrations (New York: Arno Press, 1973), 32. Angel’s work was originally published in 1881 by Thompson and West of Oakland, California. 13. Bancroft, History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming, 74–75. 14. Elliott and Rowley, History of Nevada, 54. 267 15. Pamphlets on California 26, no. 28. Quoted in Mack, Nevada, 157. 16. Elliott and Rowley, History of Nevada, 56. 17. Angel, History of Nevada, 41. 18. See, for example, Hulse, The Silver State, 60, and Elliott and Rowley, History of Nevada, 56. Angel, for instance, notes that Judge W. W. Drummond, who had replaced federal Judge Styles in Carson County, erroneously reported to his superiors that the Mormons had burned the library and records of the United States District Court (History of Nevada, 168). 19. Angel, History of Nevada, 42. 20. Quoted in Bancroft, History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming, 83–84. 21. See Angel, History of Nevada, 49–51. 22.Gordon Morris Bakken,Rocky Mountain Constitution Making,1850–1912 (Westport , Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1987), 9. 23. Quoted in C. V. Waite, The Mormon Prophet and His Harem: or, An Authentic History of Brigham Young, His Numerous Wives and Children (Cambridge, Mass.: Riverside Press, 1866), 33. 24. Bancroft, History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming, 88. 25. J. H. Purkitt, “Nevada Territory,” San Francisco Evening Bulletin, February 15, 1860. Quoted in Mack, Nevada, 184. Chapter Two. Nevada Territory and Statehood 1. Bushnell and Driggs, The Nevada Constitution, 13. 2.Address of Governor Nye to the Territorial Legislature, in Journal of the Council of the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Nevada (San Francisco: Commercial Steam Printing, 1862), 14–27. Quoted in Elliott and Rowley, History of Nevada, 72. 3. Richard G. Lillard, Desert Challenge: An Interpretation of Nevada (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942), 25. 4. The actual results are in some dispute. Elliott and Rowley, (History of Nevada, 77), Angel (History of Nevada, 81), Mack (Nevada, 249), and Hulse (The Silver State, 81) adopt these figures. However, Bancroft (History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming, 178) concludes that of a total vote of 8,162, only 5,150 voted for the statehood measure. In any case, support for statehood was overwhelming. 5.Del Papa,Political History, 83.However,Mack (Nevada, 250) and Elliott and Rowley (History of Nevada, 78) claim that all but four came directly from California. 6. Bakken, Rocky Mountain Constitution Making, 6. 7. William C...