Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Arriving in southern Nevada in 1911, Lorenzi began building his park on 80 acres of raw land two miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas in the early 1920s. The "park" was mostly a grassy area with a swimming hole until the commercial opening in 1926. Lorenzi built two lakes and two islands, one with a band shell and the other a clubhouse. Rowboats, a dance pavilion, swimming pools, horse-back riding and picnic tables were all available for the 10-cent admission fee. Las Vegans flocked to Lorenzi Lake to enjoy music, dancing, spectacular special celebrations and relief from the heat in "Nevada's largest sanitary swimming pool." Celebrities and politicians staged events here, where the powerful rubbed shoulders with ordinary people.
Californian Thomas Sharp bought the property in 1937 and improved its water supply but let the resort run down. He later leased it to Las Vegan Lloyd St. John who renamed it Twin Lakes Lodge, restored the park, and added a motel. Throughout the 1950s, the motel buildings served as part of a dude ranch, a temporary home for divorce seekers required by state law to live in Nevada for at least six weeks. The city acquired the Twin
Location. 36° 10.757′ N, 115° 11.263′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Twin Lakes Drive 0.1 miles south of West Washington Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is just inside the entrance to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89107, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Padre Francisco GarcÚs (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Twin Lakes Lodge (about 600 feet away); Las Vegas Springs (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Las Vegas Springs (approx. 0.7 miles away); Binion House (approx. one mile away); Kim Produce Farm (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Water Company (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Well Tower #10 (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
Regarding Lorenzi Park. This is site #2 on the Pioneer Trail. Noted on marker: The Pioneer
The park is listed on the City of Las Vegas Historic Property Register.
The following text is from a missing 2005 Centennial Marker:
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Pioneer Trail - West Las
Also see . . . Pioneer Trail Brochure. The Pioneer Trail is the vision of the West Las Vegas community that wanted to celebrate the history of West Las Vegas and the early pioneers that settled the area and contributed to its culture and heritage. A community group was formed to interview long-time residents and research the history of the area. The result was an extensive oral history collection and access to photographic archives that wove a tale of dreams realized and lost, civil rights victories, speakeasies and the development of a strong community, ethnically diverse and culturally rich. (Submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 922 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.