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Christmas in Nevada

Patricia D. Cafferata

October 2014 978-0-87417-949-1


The delightful and touching stories in Christmas in Nevada tell how Nevadans have celebrated the holiday, from 1858 to the present day. Some are told by well-known Nevadans, such as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Robert Laxalt, and former governors Bob List and Richard Bryan, but much more of the book shows ordinary Nevadans celebrating in diverse ways the wonders of the season. The range of the state's ethnic and immigrant heritage is showcased by stories of Basque, Mexican American, Native American, and African American celebrations, along with traditions of Italian, German, Danish, and Serbian origin. Some of the more unusual accounts include the story of three miners trapped underground for forty-five days during the Christmas season, Tonopah's "Nevergreen" tree, and Reno's Santa Pub Crawl with thousands of costumed revelers. Through extensive research and personal interviews, Patricia D. Cafferata has created a heartwarming collection of stories, guaranteed to be treasured. Whether Santa arrives on a sleigh in a mining camp in Silver Peak, Esmeralda County, or a zip line down Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Christmas in Nevada brings warm memories, excitement, and good cheer.

* Includes a story from each of the state's seventeen counties
* Illustrated with 57 historic photographs, many previously unpublished


"Every family has stories about celebrating together and the special place holidays hold in our hearts. In her latest book, Patty Cafferata reminds us of the unique Christmas and holiday traditions of the Nevada family. From the lighthearted to the heartwarming, these stories remind us what it means to be a Nevadan." — Governor Brian Sandoval