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Gabbs Valley, Nevada Its History & Legend

Ruth Fenstermaker Danner

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ISBN 10: 0963116002 / ISBN 13: 9780963116000
Published by R. Danner, Gabbs, NV, 1992
Condition: Near Fine with no dust jacket Soft cover
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Title: Gabbs Valley, Nevada Its History & Legend

Publisher: R. Danner, Gabbs, NV

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Near Fine with no dust jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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Gabbs is no more, well not quite. After 46 years the remote hamlet situated in Gabbs Valley in northwest Nye County ceased being the county's only city on May 8, 2001. The 2000 U.S. Census listed the town's population as 318. Its tax base could no longer sustain a municipal government, and for the first time in over 100 years the state legislature has disincorporated a municipality. Readers may recognize Gabbs as the home of Melvin Dummar, both the city and the controversial figure immortalized in the movie Melvin and Howard (1980). The story revolves around eccentric Howard Hughes' so-called Mormon Will. Dummar claimed he was included in the will because he had unknowingly saved Hughes while the billionaire recluse was wandering in the desert in the vicinity of Lida Junction and transported the disoriented Hughes to the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. Veteran actor Jason Robards played Hughes and newcomer Mary Steenburgen received an Academy Award for her performance as Melvin's wife, Lynda Dummar.

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