If one could travel back
in time and be transported to various sites in Nevada in the late 19th
century, one would find a world both familiar and strange. The landscape,
certainly in the sparsely populated areas, would be familiar. Las
Vegas would be a dusty little settlement. Virginia City would be
a large, sophisticated urban center. Some towns that no longer exist
would be busy, booming population centers. Some of the people would
be dressed very differently (the women), and some
would not look all that different (cowboys and miners). The food
in restaurants would probably be familiar. Roads would be rough,
and horses and wagons would be the standard form of transportation.
If you've been to a railroad museum the trains might look the same.
In short, your trip back
to the 19th century might be a visit to a world you recognize as well as
a world of unfamiliar wonders. But the people, even though they dressed
differently, and might speak in unfamiliar accents or even languages would
be going about the business of life in much the same way we do today.
Nevada State Museum