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Cathedral Canyon is natural canyon that once held many icons, statues, and text panels. Roland Wiley, a lawyer and former District Attorney for Las Vegas transformed this canyon until he died in 1994. Work was done mainly on weekend trips and many thousands of dollars spent to honor his daughter Carol Ann Wiley. No one knows why he purchased the remains of Quehoe and interred his bones here. Except to put an end to the strange journey for Quehoe's remains. Quehoe's body was found in 1940 by two prospectors, Arthur Schroeder and Charles Kenyon, causing immediate disputes over who owned the remains. Taken to Boulder City, Nevada fights broke out over ownership. The corpse was put on display in a glass case at the courthouse. Later taken to Palm Funeral Home in Las Vegas, Nevada and again put on display in a glass topped coffin. While disputes arose over ownership, storage costs accrued. When it became known that there would be expenses involved to acquire the remains, those claiming to be his heirs disappeared. Three years later the funeral home advised that if no one came forward they would cremate the remains and scatter the ashes. Frank Wait, the sheriff who once hunted Quehoe paid the bill. He donated the remains to the Elks Lodge. The lodge was in charge of the Las Vegas annual rodeo themed Helldorado Days. The Elks exhibited the body and replica of the cave along with other artifacts found in it until the 1960's. The body rode in a convertible for the Helldorado Days Parade at least one year. No longer wanting the remains the Elks Lodge threw them out. They may have been weary of legal entanglements for body disposal and tried to get rid of them quietly. Instead the remains were discovered and thought to be a homicide victim. After determining it was the remains of Quehoe, they were given to The Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada. Afterward they passed through several owners until they were purchased by Roland Wiley. Wiley buried the remains at this site on November 6, 1975. Once a fascinating place, mentioned in the book: "Weird Las Vegas and Nevada" by Joe Oesterle, this canyon included a sound and light show and a foot bridge across the canyon, but now only traces remain. Vandalism and neglect have taken its toll on this remote site in a short period of time.
by Nevada Bob