Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Scientific evidence shows this area, once covered with sagebrush and bordered with yellow-pine forests, had many springs. These springs were centers of activity for both big game animals and human predators. Evidence found at these fossil springs shows the presence, 14,000 to 11,000 years ago, of several extinct animals; the ground sloth, mammoth, prehistoric horse and American camel. The first Nevada record of the extinct giant condor comes from Tule Springs.
Early man, perhaps living in the valley as early as 13,000 years ago, and definitely present 11,000 years ago, was a hunter of the big game.
Small populations of desert culture people, about 7,000 years ago to the historic period, depended upon vegetable foods and small game for subsistence.
Late Pleistocene geological stratigraphy in few other areas is as complete and well known.
Nevada State Park System
Southern Nevada Historical Society
Erected by Nevada State Park System and the Southern Nevada Historical Society. (Marker Number 86.)
Location. 36° Touch for map. Tule Springs is located within the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89131, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Twin Lakes Lodge (approx. 10.8 miles away); Padre Francisco Garcés (approx. 10.8 miles away); Lorenzi Park (approx. 10.9 miles away); Kyle (Kiel) Ranch (approx. 10.9 miles away); Las Vegas Springs (approx. 11.3 miles away); a different marker also named Las Vegas Springs (approx. 11.3 miles away); Binion House (approx. 11½ miles away); Christensen House "The Castle" (approx. 11½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
Also see . . . New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to this marker for grammar and readability, and major changes have been made to the content of the marker. All references to the presence (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
1. Park History
Tule Springs was first designated as a park when it was acquired by the city of Las Vegas in 1964. In 1977, it was renamed Floyd Lamb State Park when the state assumed control. In 2005, the city took control of the park for a second time when the state of Nevada agreed to return ownership of Floyd Lamb State Park to the City of Las Vegas. In 2007, the park was officially transferred to the city, and on July 2 it was renamed to Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.
— Submitted April 21, 2010.
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