Free Admission to the County Museum on Saturday, May 11
The Clark County Museum at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson is celebrating Historic Preservation Month with its annual free admission day on Saturday, May 11, and the addition the Bishop Ranch Cellar, which was discovered at the Wetlands Park and rebuilt – stone by stone – at the museum.
“The Clark County Museum is a great place to learn about the history of our community,” said Commissioner Mary Beth Scow, whose commissioner district includes the museum. “The addition of this historic cellar gives us a window into the lives of those families who lived here 100-years ago. I invite all County residents to come explore our shared history at the museum.”
The free admission day is sponsored by the Clark County Museum Guild, a non-profit organization that supports the programs and activities at the museum.
The Bishop Ranch Cellar was discovered at the Wetlands Park in 2008 during an archeological survey of an area where an erosion control structure was later built. The cellar was carefully excavated and disassembled. Every rock that makes up the cellar walls was numbered and moved to the museum grounds where it was reassembled and is now on display. The cellar is about 6-feet by 12-feet, and goes about 4½- feet into the ground, with only the roof visible above ground.
The land at the Wetlands Park was part of the Bishop family homestead from around 1907. The family spent years ranching and farming in this part of the Las Vegas Wash. They would have used the cellar to store a variety of foods such as milk and eggs that the family wanted to keep a little cooler or away from roaming animals. A 100-pound sack of flour was found in the cellar during the excavation and it too was moved to the museum site.
The Clark County Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Museum exhibits include the 1931 Boulder City Union Pacific Depot, 1966 Candlelight Wedding Chapel, 1912 Beckley Home, an original Henderson Town site, ghost town and walking trails.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.