|People & Life Ways|
|Riches, Ranching & Railroads|
In 1884, however, Archie Stewart was murdered at a nearby ranch. Helen Stewart was left with four children and one on the way. She learned to operate the ranch, and raised her children and successfully managed the large operation, including orchards, until 1902. She sold her land to the railroad in that year, and the town of Las Vegas was established.
The Stewart children were educated by tutors when they were young, but were eventually sent away to school to continue their education. Much of the information available on Helen Stewart and the history of southern Nevada has been found in her letters and the diaries she kept.
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from the letters and diaries of Helen Stewart.
Special Collections, University of Nevada Las Vegas Library