Historical Pictures Senator Harry Reid of Searchlight
"...a funny thing happened on the way to the punch line: We all fell in love with the quaint mining town. What we found was a charming community populated with quiet and personable folk. No, Searchlight doesn't have all the sophistication and progress of the Vegas Valley. But hey, that's a damn fine thing to say about a place these days." The Las Vegas Weekly - Bingo Barnes
The ZIP code for Searchlight is 89046.
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Location of Searchlight, Nevada
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Searchlight is situated in the Colorado River Basin in Clark County, Nevada. Located on U.S. 95 and State Route 164, midway between Las Vegas and Laughlin. Elevation is 3,540 feet.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEARCHLIGHT
Searchlight has a most interesting and intriguing history that includes many famous names: Clara Bow, Rex Bell, Edith Head, Louis Meyer, LT William Nellis, U.S. Senator Harry Reid, John Macready, James Cashman, and an endless list of colorful and fascinating characters that are fodder for the legends of the old west.
Initial discoveries of predominately gold ore were first made at this location on May 6, 1897. G. F. Colton filed the first claim, later to become the Duplex Mine.The Searchlight Mining District was founded July 20, 1898. The Quartette Mining Company, formed in 1900, became the mainstay of the Searchlight District, producing almost half of the area's total output. In May, 1902, a 16-mile narrow-gauge railroad was built down the hill to the company's mill on the Colorado River.
The Searchlight Post Office was established in October 1898. Searchlight began to boom in 1902 and reached its peak year in 1907. Up to 1940 total production amounted to $4.5 million. On March 31, 1907, the 23.22-mile Barnwell and Searchlight Railroad connected the town with the then main Santa Fe line from Needles to Mojave. By 1919 trains were operating over the B and S Railroad only twice a week. A severe washout on September 23, 1923, halted traffic completely. Train service was never restored.
In the 1900's, Searchlight was a typical busy mining town of a reported 1,500 people. At this time, they were larger than Las Vegas. There were many gold and silver mines that were good producers in the Searchlight mining district. The "Mines of Searchlight" map dated October 1906, shows that there were well over 300 mining claims in the area at that time. Eventually, the gold and silver production cost went up and the grade of ore went down, so people started to move on. By 1927, there were about 50 people left in Searchlight.
Scott Joplin, who never lived in Searchlight, was so intrigued by the stories of his composer friend, Tom Turpin - who had spent time in Searchlight in his youth - that he composed the Searchlight Rag. Searchlight Rag (John Cowles)
300 Michael Wendell Way
Searchlight Museum - The Searchlight Heritage Museum, a satellite of the Clark County Heritage Museum, reports the history of the mining boom town of Searchlight, which once surpassed Las Vegas in population. The story of Searchlight mining and railroad heritage and its many colorful pioneer citizens is told through photos, artifacts, exhibits, and an outdoor mining park.
Today the Searchlight community has approximately 800 residents and about 50% of them are retired. The other 50% are an eclectic mix of miners, ranchers, small business owners and artists.
Searchlight has the Harry Reid Elementary School (named in honor of the US Senator) that serves grades 1 through 5. Searchlight also has a sub-station under the jurisdiction of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; with two full-time officers who reside in Searchlight and two Nevada Highway Patrolmen serve the Searchlight area. There is a Justice of the Peace and a State Fish & Game Warden to serve the community.
Searchlight has a volunteer fire and ambulance service. There are two fire trucks that can respond to an area of 20 miles in all directions and there is also an ambulance that is manned by certified volunteers.
The Searchlight Community Center was dedicated in October 1989. The center houses the Medical Clinic, a branch of the Las Vegas/Clark Country Library, the Searchlight Historic Museum, office of Clark County Parks and Recreation Representative, meeting rooms, multi-purpose rooms and a kitchen.
There are two churches, a full service post office and a senior citizens center. The center offers a TV, ceramic kiln, pool table, card tables, classes in ceramics, sewing and quilting. Porcelain and painting classes are also offered. Bingo and cards games are held once a week. The seniors support their building expenses with bake sales, rummage sales, and raffles.
There are several clubs and organizations available in the community. AMVETS, Roadrunners, Shrine’s, Ladies Club, Senior Citizens Club, VFW, Art & Craft Guild and the Museum Guild.
Searchlight is the Gateway to Lake Mojave. Only fourteen miles down the hill is beautiful Cottonwood Cove, one of the best Large Mouth Bass fisheries in the West. The Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina is located inside Lake Mead National Recreation Area, administered by the National Park Service. Campgrounds, fuel, a cafe', marina store and motel are available. Searchlight and it's surrounding areas are appealing to those who love nature and the outdoors. The quaint and peaceful desert community of Searchlight - just minutes away from beautiful Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mojave, is one of the best-kept secrets in Nevada.
Searchlight offers convenience by being a short distance from the following locations, along with smog free air, low crime rate and a neighborhood you can relax in.
Boulder City, NV 42 Miles
Bullhead City, AZ 43 Miles
Cal-Nev-Ari, NV 10 Miles
Christmas Tree Pass, NV 17 Miles
Henderson, NV 45 Miles
Hoover Dam 50 Miles
Las Vegas, NV 55 Miles
Laughlin, NV 39 Miles
Cottonwood Cove 14 Miles
Palm Gardens 18 Miles
Needles, CA 50 Miles
Primm (State Line) 40 Miles
This community is blessed with a typical desert sunrise and sunset with a smog clear, dry climate.
Temperature 105 is high in the summer
Always cools off in evening
20-50’s in the winter
Annual Rain Approximately 4”
Little or no snow
Wind Directions Winter-North
Summer-South to Southwest
Population 1000 approximately
Under $15,000 25.9%
$15,000 to 25,000 32.8%
$26,000 to 35,000 13.8%
$36,000 to 45,000 12.1%
$46,000 and over 15.4%
For those individuals who travel to work from Searchlight travel to the following locations:
39 miles Laughlin
55 miles Las Vegas
14 miles Cottonwood Cove
42 miles Boulder City
39 miles State Line
90% Mobile Homes
Senior Citizens Apartment Complex
20 units, Cottonwood Apartments
Carter’s Trailer Park
Searchlight Bible Church
Searchlight Community Church
Cottonwood Apartments (Seniors)
Cree’s Trailer Park (Seniors)
El Pueblo Trailer Park
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Old Gold Mine-Antique & Indian Jewelry
Rebel #47/Union 76
Searchlight General Store
Searchlight Nugget Casino/Restaurant
Searchlight Storage and Bait
Senior Citizens of Searchlight
Your Kind of Look- Beauty Shop
Department of Motor Vehicles/monthly
Justice Court with a Justice of the Peace
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Nevada Highway Patrol
Searchlight Community Center
Staffed with a nurse
Clark County Parks & Recreation
Searchlight Paved Airstrip (No facilities)
U. S. Postal Service
Volunteer Fire Department
Veterinary - Once a month
Harry Reid Elementary School
Boulder City, NV
Martha P. King K thru 3rd
Andrew J. Mitchell 4th thru 5th
Elton Garret 6th thru 8th
Boulder City High 9th thru 12th
These are figured as daily counts for 1999. At the intersection of Highway 95 and Highway 164/Nipton Road there is a counter 1/4 mile in each direction.
95/164 N on 95 6,305 5,965
95/164 S on 95 7,350 6,400
164 E of 95 510 490
164 W of 95 810 790
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Power: Nevada Power
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Laughlin, NV 89029
Television Cable: Laughlin Cablevision
Sewer: Clark County Sanitation Department
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Las Vegas, NV
Water: Las Vegas Valley Water Dist
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Garbage: Silver State Disposal
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Searchlight, Nevada is located about halfway between Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada on US Highway 95. The population in 2000 was 576. The elevation is 3,540 feet. Early gold discoveries were made in 1897, and the Searchlight Post Office was established in 1898. The Quartette Mining Company was founded in 1900, and the Searchlight Boom began two years later, reaching its peak in 1907. That year also saw the start of the Barnwell and Searchlight Railroad connecting the town to the main Sante Fe line from Needles to Mojave.
The population swelled to about 5000 souls, more than in Las Vegas at the time. In 1906, there were over 300 mine claims in the Searchlight area. By 1940 the mines had produced more than four and a half million dollars worth of gold, even though the grade of ore worsened to wher many began to abandon the town. By 1927, in fact, there were about 50 people left in Searchlight. It was almost a ghost town.
In the early 1930s, silent movie stars, Clara Bow, the 'It Girl', and her western star husband, Rex Bell moved to Searchlight and their 'Walking Box Ranch', where they eventually raised a family. Edith Head, the movie costume designer spent some time in town. Harry Reid, US Sentator from Nevada was born there in 1939, and loves the town he was raised in to this day. James Cashman, one of Las Vegas' pioneer business men, got started selling cars from his garage in Searchlight in 1910, when Las Vegas was still primarily a 'tent town' and Searchlight was booming.
The climate is a little cooler than Las Vegas because Searchlight is on a higher elevation, but it still ranges in the nineties in the summer. But if you're looking to spend the day in the Searchlight area and you would like to plan some recreation into your trip, don't forget that the town is only twenty miles from Cottonwood Cove Resort on Lake Mojave.
If its gambling that you're looking for, The Nugget Casino and Restaurant are right on Highway 95. Searchlight and Cottonwood Cove Resort are well worth a day long trip from spring through fall of the year.
Searchlight Airport - serves Searchlight and Clark County and is owned by Clark County. The paved runway extends for 5040 feet. The facility is at an elevation of 3410 feet at a distance of about 2 miles from Searchlight
Searchlight is a town located in Clark County, Nevada Clark County is a county located in the U.S. State of Nevada. It is the most populous county in that state (2001 population estimate 1,464,653), and contains the city of Las Vegas, which is the county seat. Most of the county was originally part of Pah-Ute County, Arizona.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 20,955 km² (8,091 mi²). 20,488 km² (7,910 mi²) of it is land and 467 km² (180 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.23% water.
census, the town had a total population of 576.
Searchlight was an important gold
As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901-2000. Colloquially, this is often known as the nineteen hundreds (1900s), referring to the years 1900 to 1999.
The twentieth century
Nevada senator Harry Reid
Harry M. Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party, for which he serves as Minority Whip.
A Latter-day Saint and native of the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, he was a lawyer in the state before entering politics, serving a term in the state legislature and then being elected lieutenant governor in 1970.
Searchlight is located at 35°28'6" North, 114°55'1" West (35.468455, -114.916932)1 The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. These sources are cited within the thousands of articles which link to this page.
According to the United States Census Bureau
The town has a total area of 33.9 km² Square kilometre.
There are 576 people, 315 households, and 136 families residing in the town. The population density
The racial categories are officially described as follows:¹
0.69% African American The United States Census Bureau uses the federal government's definitions of race when performing a census. These definitions have and may change between each census.
0.69% Native American The United States Census Bureau uses the federal government's definitions of race when performing a census. These definitions have and may change between each census.
0.17% Asian The United States Census Bureau uses the federal government's definitions of race when performing a census. These definitions have and may change between each census.
0.17% Pacific Islander The United States Census Bureau uses the federal government's definitions of race when performing a census. These definitions have and may change between each census.
1.74% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. 3.65% of the population are Hispanic The United States Census Bureau uses the federal government's definitions of race when performing a census. These definitions have and may change between each census.
There are 315 households out of which 8.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.9% are married couples living together, 5.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 56.8% are non-families. 48.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 23.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.76 and the average family size is 2.46.
In the town the population is spread out with 10.1% under the age of 18, 3.1% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 35.8% from 45 to 64, and 31.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 55 years. For every 100 females there are 125.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 131.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $24,407, and the median income for a family is $29,323. Males have a median income of $26,563 versus $27,868 for females. The per capita income for the town is $19,606. 14.6% of the population and 0.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 0.0% are under the age of 18 and 0.0% are 65 or older. preview not available. Click the link for more information.