Overton in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Fay Perkins, Sr.
Fay Perkins Sr., was born in Overton, Nevada and spent his entire life in Moapa Valley. In 1924, Fay Perkins and his brother John Perkins reported to Governor James G. Scrugham that many ancient Indian ruins existed in the Moapa Valley. Governor Scrugam immediately called archaeologist M.R. Harrington, of the Heye Foundation, Museum of the American Indian, and excavations were begun in that year.
From 1924, until his death in 1962, Fay Perkins remained involved in archaeology in Southern Nevada. Due to his efforts, artifacts from archaeological sites, to be inundated by Lake Mead, were excavated and preserved. During the 1940's, Perkins was instrumental in establishing the Lost City Museum of Archaeology, under the National Park Service, and in 1952, when the museum became a State institution, was appointed its first curator by Governor Vail Pittman. Fay Perkins served as curator of the museum from 1952 until 1958. When failing health forced him to resign. He did, however, continue to serve as assistant curator until his death.
Location. 36° 31.887′ N, 114° 26.467′ W. Marker is in Overton, Nevada, in Clark County. Click for map. The marker is located inside the Lost City Museum.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lost City Museum (here, next to this marker); Pueblo Grande De Nevada (within shouting distance of this marker); Moapa Valley Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Settlements in the Moapa Valley (approx. half a mile away); Pioneers (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pueblo Grande de Nevada (approx. 1.2 miles away); Valley of Fire Behind the Camera (approx. 6.2 miles away); Silica Dome (approx. 6.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Overton.
Also see . . .
1. The Lost City Museum. (Submitted on December 7, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
2. The First 100 Persons Who Shaped Southern Nevada. An account of finding the Lost City in 1924. (Submitted on December 7, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
1. Fay Perkins Sr.
I knew Fay Perkins Sr. since he was my Grand Pa. My Dad, Fay Perkins Sr.'s son, Harry Brent Perkins just celebrated his 85th Birthday August 11, 2008.
— Submitted August 11, 2008, by Roger Dennis Perkins of Mesquite, Nevada.
Categories. • 20th Century • Native Americans • Notable Persons •
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