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O.D. Gass in Southern Nevada

Octavius Decatur Gass, who had mined briefly at El Dorado Canyon, settled at the ruins of the Old Mormon Fort at Las Vegas in the by the end of 1865.  He established the Los Vegas Ranch there ("Los" Vegas was used to avoid confusion with Las Vegas, New Mexico.)  With assistance from Southern Paiutes, he grew crops, raised livestock, and sold supplies to nearby mining camps.  In 1881, he could not repay a loan from Archibald Stewart and lost control of the ranch to Stewart, a Pioche businessman.  Conrad Kiel, Gass's friend from Ohio, operated the other ranch in Las Vegas Valley just a couple of miles away.

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Special Collections, University of Nevada Las Vegas Library