Divorce Ranches of Nevada

December 2015

by Courtney Mooney

(Urban Design Coordinator/Historic Preservation Officer at City of Las Vegas)

Attendees enjoyed an afternoon at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Courtney Mooney provided an extensive presentation on the divorce ranches in the area.

The relaxation of Nevada’s divorce laws in the 1930's led to the divorce industry. For those needing to establish the required six weeks residency, divorce ranches were created. One of the most preserved ranches is at Floyd Lamb Park which still contains 23 buildings mostly built in the 1940's. The ranch was purchased in 1941 by Jacob Goumond and in 1949 Goumond turned it into a divorce ranch to support this thriving industry which had a profound effect on the state of Nevada.


Artifact Identification and Sorting Workshop


July 2015

Lost City Museum

NVFCP Members and Site Stewards joined the curator for the Lost City Museum, Molly Fierer-Donaldson for an afternoon of identifying and cataloging artifacts for the museum. The participants learned about collection management issues, the types of resources museums house behind the scenes, and how hard it is to distinguish between brownware pottery and greyware pottery. 

Magic & Mystery: The Caves Sites of Prehistoric Nevada

Friday, May 8th  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Truckee Meadows Community College

Sierra Bulding Rm 204

7000 Dandini Blvd, Reno, NV 89512 

Free and open to the public

Caves provided some of the first shelters, storage spaces, and ceremonial centers for the prehistoric peoples of Nevada. Consequently, these cave sites have provided archaeologists with invaluable in-formation on the ancient environment, diets, settlement patterns, religious practices, and cultural lives of ancient groups. The importance of many of these caves has extended into the present, as many are considered ‘Traditional Cultural Properties’ and still used in ceremonies by modern Native American tribes.

This presentation will cover some of the prominent cave sites in Nevada. It will discuss the importance of these sites in their contribution to archaeology and the understanding of prehistoric Nevada and its people, as well as their continued use by modern tribes.

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