Kiel Ranch Cemetery

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Kiel Ranch Cemetery

North Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
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Currently closed to the public. This crumbling adobe house on the property may be Nevada's oldest building, dating to 1855, and was probably built by the first Mormon settlers in the valley who used it to teach farming to the Paiutes. One of the only artesian springs made it an oasis in the desert. It is one of the birthplaces of Las Vegas and on October 6, 1975 was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1884, Archibald Stewart, another Las Vegas pioneer and rival of the Kiel family, was murdered at this site. It is possible that Archibald was lured to the Kiel Ranch where he was then murdered. It is speculated that Edward and William Kiel may have been murdered in retaliation for the death of Archibald. However a vengeance killing after sixteen years is unlikely. Helen Stewart continued to manage Archibald's farm and became one of the most influential pioneers of Las Vegas. In 1901 the ranch sold to the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. Later owners were Edwin Taylor (1924-39), whose cowboy ranch hands competed in national rodeos, and Edwin Losee (1939-58), who developed the Boulderado Dude Ranch, a popular residence for easy divorce seekers in Nevada. By 1976, after several more ownership changes, 26 acres remaining of the ranch were purchased jointly by the City of North Las Vegas and its Bicentennial Committee as a historic project. Despite promises to protect and improve the site and buildings, all that remains is the original cabin/home near collapse which are closed and fenced. A 1992 fire destroyed the ranch's main building that had been built for the Boulderado Dude Ranch. This had been the largest structure on the site and was called the White House. The city sold off all but 7 acres of the land it acquired to build an industrial park. The ranch has also been used as a dump by the city destroying much of its value as an archaeological site. The Kiel family ranch site is sometimes spelled Kyle although Kiel is on most documents. Some family members spelled the name Keil. The site is marked with Nevada Historical Marker 224.

In 2013, Barbara J. Roth, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas confirmed that they have custody of all four adults who were excavated from Kiel Ranch in the spring of 1975.
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GPS Coordinates: 36.2042, -115.14087

  • Added: 7 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2391907