Originally known as Stage Field, this was an outlying airfield of Camp Ibis, one of the eleven camps established within the Desert Training Center, California-Arizonan Maneuver Area during World War II. Developed by General George S. Patton, Jr., the vast area was used from 1942 to 1945 to train troops for duty overseas.
With the closure of the training area, much of the land reverted to the control of the Bureau of Land Management. Slim Kidwell, who had been operating the Torrance Airport, located the field while flying over the area. He saw promise in the area, and decided to build a new community in southern Nevada. Using the Pittman Act, Slim and his wife Nancy filed on 640 areas in 1965.
Naming the area Cal-Nev-Ari for its location near the three states, the Kidwells began building. Originally without a well, they hauled water from the Colorado River. Once water was assured, the couple built a fly-in community which today boasts over 300 residents.
Erected 2009 by the Queho Posse #1919, Billy Holcomb #1069, Platrix #2, and Peter Lebeck #1866 Chapters of E Clampus Vitus. In conjunction
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Education • Political Subdivisions • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
Location. 35° 18.071′ N, 114° 52.791′ W. Marker is in Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from Veterans Memorial Highway (U.S. 95 at milepost 9) near Piute Valley Drive, on the right when traveling south. Marker is near the entrance to the Cal-Nev-Ari Casino Resturant. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Piute Valley Drive, Cal Nev Ari NV 89039, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine (approx. 11.3 miles away); Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort (approx. 11.4 miles away); Searchlight (approx. 11.6 miles away); Zulu Echo Six (approx. 11.6 miles away); a different marker also named Searchlight (approx. 11.8 miles away); Fort Pah-Ute (approx. 14.2 miles away in California).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 4. submitted on May 8, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.