The city of Las Vegas recently complected restoration of the historic adobe hut, located at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. The $98,000 project was funded by grants from the Nevada State Commission for Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation and the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. The entire project was completed for one-third of the estimated budget and in one-half the time.
The adobe was constructed in the early 1900s as part of a community that developed in the Tule Springs area along a wagon road that lead to mining camps north of present-day Las Vegas. The adobe served as storage, a blacksmith shop and temporary residence for owner Burt Nay, who purchased 40 acres in the Tule Springs area in 1917.
The adobe is the only surviving building at Tule Springs from the early 1900s, and is one of the last remaining historic structures of its type in the Las Vegas Valley.
During the construction process several historic artifacts were uncovered buried in the dirt in the interior of the adobe. Archeologist Colleen Beck, also a member on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, and a colleague provided volunteer assistance to monitor the removal and storage of the artifacts. The artifacts will be catalogued and placed back inside the adobe so that they may be viewed from the windows.