The first homes in the Las Vegas Valley tell the story of early residents

WHAT: The Springs Preserve hosts its first Untold Stories of 2009, "The Railroad Cottages" on Thursday, February 5. Join urban historian Brian Paco Alverez, longtime Las Vegas resident Donna Andress, Eileen Fitzgerald Carson whose father managed the railroad roundhouse, and Paul Stewart, noted expert on the history of the cottages, as they provide a look at the significance of these homes, how local citizens mobilized to save them and the role of the railroad in establishing Las Vegas.

The valley's famous railroad cottages date back to the early days of Las Vegas when the railroad was a vital part of our community. Once built for employees of the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad, these cottages were slated for destruction before a concerted effort to save them during the 2005 centennial celebration of Las Vegas. Because of efforts by the City of Las Vegas, Clark County and historic preservation groups, a number of cottages were relocated to the Clark County Museum and the Springs Preserve to ensure they would not be lost to history. This program is made possible in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tickets are $12 for non-members, $10 for members, $6.50 for children

WHO: Curator of the Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Paco Alverez
Longtime Las Vegas Resident, Donna Andress
Daughter of the manager of the railroad's roundhouse, Eileen Fitzgerald Carson
Paul Stewart, Railroad Cottage Historian
Interviews are available upon request.

WHERE: Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
(At Meadows Lane, between Alta Drive and US 95)

WHEN: Thursday, February 5
7-8:30 p.m.

INFO: For more information or to reserve your space for the event, call 822-7786. Advanced ticket purchase required - space is limited.