Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Christensen House “The Castle”
The life of Las Vegas pioneer Lucretia Tanner Christensen Stevens, mother of LeRoy Christensen, builder of "The Castle," embodies much of western history. Lucretia's parents were Susannah Hathaway, a young white girl who came to Utah with her family in the early 1850s, and Tom Tanner, an African-American blacksmith who ran away with Susannah before she could become the plural wife of a Mormon elder. Their daughter Lucretia married Danish immigrant Lars Christensen and had two boys, LeRoy and Ray. After Lars died, Lucretia remaried and had two more children. The entire family moved to Las Vegaas in the early 1920s.
The Christensen brothers became cowboys. Ray worked for famous Nevada trail boss Uncle ("Black") Henry, and later opened a stable in Las Vegas, supplying horses and buggies for the Helldorado parade and competing in the rodeo. LeRoy built the Christensen House in the mid 1930s. "The Castle," with its tower, stone facing, and half-timbered architecture, was the setting for many events. When an elegant fashion show was produced here for telelvision in 1948, local celebrity and eventual Moulin Rouge owner Sarann
Erected by Las Vegas Pioneer Trail. (Marker Number 10.)
Location. 36° 11.213′ N, 115° 8.898′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of West Van Buren Avenue and North E Street, on the right when traveling east on West Van Buren Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 W Van Buren Avenue, Las Vegas NV 89106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Moody House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson Street Commercial District (about 400 feet away); Harrison Boarding House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Westside School (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. James the Apostle (approx. half a mile away); McWilliams' Townsite (approx. 0.6 miles away); Las Vegas Paiute Colony (approx. 0.6 miles away); Moulin Rouge (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
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Also see . . . Pioneer Trail Brochure. The Pioneer Trail is the (Submitted on December 8, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
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