Museums Administrator Mark Hall-Patton of "Pawn Stars" fame will lead a free historical tour of Sunset Park on Friday, Jan. 20 – exactly 50 years after the Clark County Commission approved the purchase of the Houssels Ranch, whose land became today's popular park.
Those interested in taking part in the one-hour tours should RSVP at (702) 455-8200 to ensure sufficient in-park transportation is available for participants.
Those who sign up will be asked to meet at 11 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation department office building in the north-central part of the park (enter off Sunset Road). Commissioner Mary Beth Scow, whose district includes the park, will provide some opening remarks, a 50th birthday cake will be provided and the tour will commence.
Stops along the way will include the original ranch building, the lake and its Easter Island head, the Las Vegas Valley's last remaining sand dunes in the park and more.
"Many people, while they enjoy activities at Sunset Park, have no idea of the long and interesting history of the park," said Hall-Patton. "As fun as it is, there is more here than ball fields and a lake for those in the know."
Scow agreed: "Sunset Park is an important part of the history of the Las Vegas Valley. I would encourage anyone with an interest in that history to join us on this tour. I'm sure Mark will have some great stories to share with us."
The tour is part of a month-long celebration of the park and its history. For more information, please visit www.ClarkCountyNV.gov or find us on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and more. Residents are encouraged to share their favorite photos, videos and memories of the park on social media using the hashtag #SunsetPark50 and we'll share the best of them on our sites.