Oral History Record
Campbell, Jesse (J.W.)
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Local Oral History-Roske
Pioche history-including: historical data; personal and family history; benefit of Hoover Dam; decline of mining post-1945; migration to Las Vegas. Las Vegas history- growth of universities in Nevada; Atomic Testing site- personal experience of the first test and fears of residents; Howard Hughes and Las Vegas; air crash involving Carol Lombard; Democratic Party in Nevada; Key Pittman, Pat McCarran, Ed Clark anf federal projects; impact of on Las Vegas; development of Nellis Air Force Base; construction of Hoover Dam; Old Mormon Fort; Basic Magnesium plant; Comstock Lode; old west folktales of life in mining camps/towns; Mormon migrants and settlements; Native Americans. [A helpful "tape summary" of the interview is held on file].