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Helen Stewart
Helen J. Stewart
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Helen J. Stewart
1854-1926

Helen Stewart was known as "the first lady of Las Vegas." She and her husband, Archibald, took over the Las Vegas Rancho in 1882.

Travelers would stop and rest at the ranch. It had a cool creek and huge, shady cottonwood trees that made it a good place to rest.

In 1902, Helen Stewart sold the ranch to William A. Clark. He was building a railroad and needed the land and water on the ranch.

Stewart was the first woman elected to the Clark County School Board. She was the first woman to sit on a jury in Las Vegas.