Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of a Last Frontier
187 pages, paperback:
Sunbelt Publications, 2013.
It's a book of contrasts -- a Las Vegas in the days before electricity. A vibrant mining town where today stands only desert. Grizzled prospectors next to voluptuous women. Unimaginable riches in an arid, empty land.
Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of a Last Frontier is a collection of historical photographs and detailed research from filmmaker and author Nicholas Clapp. Featuring photographs from sources ranging from a sheriff's shoebox to negatives found in an abandoned mine shaft, the book tells the story of the Mojave Desert between the 1890s and the 1920s -- an era described by the author as the "tumultuous, rowdy last act of the Wild West."