A Gamble in the Desert


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The Mormon Mission in Las Vegas (1855-1857) by Fred E. Woods

Few have known the story of the remarkable but short-lived effort by a band of hardy Latter-day Saints to make a permanent settlement at the Las Vegas springs, a vital water source on the Spanish Trail. A Gamble in the Desert is a remarkable story that has remained in relative obscurity until now.

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