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Fourth Monday of each month from 6:45 - 8:30 P.M.

REI store in Boca Park

710 S. Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89145

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Jeanne Howerton & Harold Larson


“Rock Art Along the Old Spanish Trail”

Speakers for August 22, 2022

Jeanne Howerton & Harold Larson

“Rock Art Along the Old Spanish Trail”



June 27    Edna Clem    Rock Art of Australia

Aug. 22   Jeanne Howerton & Harold Larson    Rock Art Along the Old Spanish Trail


Jan. 2       Dave Manley    Look Outward:  Sites on the Colorado Plateau and Beyond

Feb. 24    Richard Jenkinson    Rock Art of Snake Gulch


Jan. 28        Dave Manley    “Photo Tour of Southwest Petroglyphs”

Feb. 25        Richard Jenkinson    “Rock Art of the Dinetah: Stories of Heroes & Healing”

Mar. 25        Scott Seibel    “Rock Art of the Phoenix Area”

Apr. 22        Carol Patterson     “Form Follows Function: Western Basketmaker II”

May 27        Kish LaPierre    “Well Protected Rock Art that most of us will Never See”

June 24       Darwin Johnson    “Rock Art from the Vernal, Utah Area”

July 22        Edna Clem        “Adventure to the Rock Paintings of Baja California”

Aug. 26        Ken Hedges    “Petroglyphs in Hawaii”

Sept. 23        Jeanne Howerton “The Astonishing History of Primula nevadensis”

Oct. 28        Larry Loendorf   “Coso and Dinwoody Petroglyphs”

Nov. 25        Dennis DeVore    “The Curious Case of the Invisible Panel


     For thousands of years, Indian tribes have carved and painted symbols on rocks around Southern Nevada. The earliest symbols were lines and curves, then recognizable pictures were added—animals, people, and story panels. Beginning in the late 1700s, new identifiable images appeared along the route of the Old Spanish Trail. Some of those glyphs show specific incidences and are datable; something very difficult to do in rock art. As Europeans traveled the Spanish Trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles, glyphs depicting figures wearing European clothing, leading pack animals, riding horses, and pulling wagons, were mingled with the older style glyphs. There were serious clashes between the First People and the intruders and many were killed on both sides. This talk focuses on a panel hidden in a narrow crevice that appears to chronicle the campaign of Major James H. Carleton in 1860, on his mission to quell rebellions, resulting in the death of many Indians.



  A hidden glyph in Little Red Rock appears to record the story of killings done by Carlton’s Campaign of 1860, at Mountain Springs.

     Carved into rocks along the Old Spanish trail, are intriguing images that capture the turning point for the Native Americans between what was and what was to come.

Mule pack trains and Europeans riding horseback, are mingled with glyphs of bighorn sheep on a cliff near Moapa.

A Mormon woman and girl on the Mormon Road in the 1850s.