Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of a Last Frontier: A review

  • "A table groaning with silver."

    Sunbelt Publications
  • Prospector Old John, right, was described as "calm, polite, philosophical; with polished manners, a ruddy smile, all the ways of a gentleman ... quite content to live alone and let the world go by."

    Sunbelt Publications
 

Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of a Last Frontier
Nicholas Clapp
187 pages, paperback:
$24.95.
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."

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