Rare Las Vegas Directory

33 [New Mexico] Carruth, J.A. First Annual Directory of Las Vegas, New Mexico for 1895-1896. A Complete and Accurate Alphabetical Listing of East and West Las Vegas, Upper Las Vegas and the Hot Springs. Las Vegas, N.M.: J.A. Carruth, printer and binder, 1895. 8vo, original gilt printed blue boards, green cloth spine, 168 pp., (some colored ad pages included in pagination). Light edge wearing, generally very good.

First edition. OCLC locates two (SMU & New Mexico State). In 1954 the Eberstadts listed a 1907 city directory which they conjectured might be the first for Las Vegas (133:742), but the first was actually done in 1882 and then suspended publication. Carruth apparently intended an annual, but this first is the only appearance. Also includes an index of businesses and advertisers, secret societies, voluntary organizations, histories of platted additions to town, City directories from the 1890s are particularly useful for social history research because the 1890 census lost the individual data.

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