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DESERT NWR: History of Corn Creek Field Station Provides Glimpse of Pre-historic Las Vegas Valley
Region 8, November 6, 2007
History of Corn Creek Field Station at Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
History of Corn Creek Field Station at Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex. - Photo Credit: n/a

More than 5,000 years before casinos, hotels, and entertainment beckoned people to Las Vegas, Nevada,  native Americans were hunting and living in Las Vegas Valley,  attracted to the lush plant and animal resources thriving around the springs at Corn Creek, 15 miles north of present day Las Vegas and home to Desert National Wildlife Refuge's Corn Creek Field Station . With food and water nearby, family groups gathered at Corn Creek to trap jackrabbits in nets and perform ceremonies and dances.  Pakanaponti,” as it is known in the Paiute language, lives on today in native legends and stories.  

The history of Corn Creek, "Coyote Named This Place Pakonapanti," is now avialable to the public on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge website:  http://www.fws.gov/desertrange . The online format of the book is a condensed version of two separate technical documents as well as well as other pertinent research.  The book tells the story of the Corn Creek area from the Paleo-Archaic Period (9500 BC) to present day and includes maps and historic photographs.  It also contains results of the archaeological survey and limited excavations conducted within the Corn Creek National Register Archaeological District. This important work was conducted for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by HRA, Inc. in 2002.  

Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov