Travel Nevada promotes local legends for Nevada Day travel

Travel Nevada promotes local legends for Nevada Day travel
Virgil and Wyatt Earp. Image: Courtesy NCOT

CARSON CITY–Officials at Nevada’s Commission on Tourism are promoting travel throughout the state in conjunction with Nevada Day by highlighting some of the famous, or infamous, characters that left their mark on the state’s history. The campaign is featured through a new itinerary, “Legendary Nevadans: Shapers or the Silver State Story,” on the state’s website.

The itinerary offers details on nearly a dozen legends along with locations of where parts of each person’s history can be explored. Personalities included on the itinerary include Mark Twain, Dat So La Lee, Virgil and Wyatt Earp, Howard Hughes and living legend Mike Williams.

For many Nevadans, Virginia City is synonymous with Mark Twain. He wrote for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper there and frequented the Delta Saloon. But the site features tidbits about Twain’s connections with Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Unionville as well.

Other connections featured include Howard Hughes and the site of his alleged secret wedding in Tonopah, frontiersman Jack Longstreet and his likely latter days watering hole in the ghost town of Belmont, and T’Sawhawbitts storied to have roamed the canyons near Jarbidge.

Travelers can view the list of legends and more details here.