Virgin Valley Heritage Museum lecture highlights Arrowhead Trail

1929 photo of the Arrowhead Trail, now Old Hwy 91, about 5 miles west of Santa Clara, Utah. | Image courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, St. George News

MESQUITE, Nev. – The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum will host a lecture Tuesday by historian Dr. Edward Leo Lyman about the Arrowhead Trail. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture is the second in a series of three lectures and will feature Lyman’s insights into the development of the Arrowhead Trail, which is also known as the Arrowhead Highway, the first all-weather highway to connect Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Arrowhead Highway was replaced by Highway 91 and finally, Interstate 15.

Lyman received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, and is an emeritus professor of history. He has taught history for more than 50 years, with a particular interest in the history of transportation from Utah to California. Early transportation routes involving Mesquite included pack-mule trains, automobiles and the railroad in Meadow Valley, Nevada.

Lyman has written two books about wagon travel: “The Arduous Road, The Most Difficult Wagon Road in American History” and “Overland Journey, The Wagon Road from the City of the Saints to the City of Angels.”

Lyman has also written articles about the Arrowhead Highway, the first automobile highway from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, which have been published in Utah, Nevada and California historical quarterly journals.

Lyman is currently writing a book on the Southern Paiute Tribe, including the history of Moapa Paiute Chief Tosho, whose home village was in the Mesquite area from 1850-1870. The concluding lecture in the three-part series — taking place April 19 at the Mesquite City Hall — will provide information about Chief Tosho.

Lyman currently resides in Silver Reef, Utah.

The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum is located at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Event details

  • What: A lecture by historian Dr. Edward Leo Lyman about the Arrowhead Trail
  • When: Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, 35 W. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, Nevada
  • For more information about the event or the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum call 702-346-5705 or check the Museum Facebook page

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