Nevada Facts

Historical Myths: Facing the Truth About Some of Our Best But Tallest Tales


By Guy Rocha, former Nevada State Archivist

Nevada history books and newspapers all too often tell stories that distort the truth. Occasionally historians make mistakes, sometimes newspaper reporters get the wrong information, and oftentimes advertisers and civic promoters embellish and exaggerate the facts to promote their towns or businesses. Once a story appears in print, it generally gets repeated again and again, making it more and more believable. What’s true? What really happened? How do you know it’s true? You can find out right here.

*These myths are a reflection of the information available at the time they were written by former State Archivist Rocha. The Nevada State Archives makes no guarantee as to their continued accuracy as new facts become available.


Complete List of all Myths


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The Online Nevada Encyclopedia is a project of Nevada Humanities, a publicly funded non-profit organization dedicated to engaging Nevadans in the intellectual, cultural, and civic life of the communities in which they live, and to preserving and making accessible Nevada’s rich and unique history and heritage. Thanks to the generous financial support of project sponsors, ONE is available to anyone, anywhere with Internet access. ONE is an authoritative source of information thanks to the editors, contributors, and project partners who have generously shared their archival collections and expertise.

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