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Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Original Homesite of a Las Vegas Pioneer: Charles ‘Popí Squires, 1865-1958

ORIGINAL HOMESITE OF A LAS VEGAS PIONEER CHARLES 'POP' Squires 1865-1958 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paulette Nelson, March 12, 2019
Inscription.  Charles "Pop" Squires, often referred to as "the Father of Las Vegas" lived at this location, with his wife, Delphine, from 1931 until his death 1958.

Squires first arrived in the Las Vegas Valley in February 1905. He and his partners established a lumberyard, a tent hotel, a real estate firm, and the First State Bank. In March 1906, "Pop" assisted in the formation of the Consolidated Power & Telephone Company, bringing electricity and phone service to the new town.

In 1908, Squires and his wife purchased the community's only newspaper, the Las Vegas Age. Squires campaigned for the creation of Clark County in 1909. He subsequently worked on incorporating Las Vegas into a city. With his wife and the voice of their newspaper, the couple became advocates for women's suffrage. As a member of the League of the Southwest and the Colorado River Commission, Squires helped advance plans that eventually led to the construction of Hoover Dam.

Upon "Pop's" passing, Las Vegas Sun reported Bob Faiss wrote, "It seems strange that Las Vegas, a modern boomtown . . . should owe so much to the foresight of one man. But there is little we have today that wasn't given an initial shove by 'Pop' Squires."
Erected by State Historic Preservation Office. (Marker Number 190.)
Location. 36° 9.877′ N, 115° 8.452′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of 400 S. 7th Street and Stanley W Cooper Pl, on the right when traveling south on 400 S. 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Las Vegas High School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Las Vegas High School / Las Vegas High School Neighborhood (about 400 feet away); Historic 5th Street School (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Morelli House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ralph Louis Engelstad (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Church Built in Las Vegas (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Preservation (approx. 0.3 miles away); County Courthouses (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
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