Indian Springs, Nevada

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Indian Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 1,302 at the 2000 census.

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History

Indian Springs is named for the artesian spring that provides the area with water. Over the years the spring has been used by Native Americans, the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad from 1906–1919, and later as an artist colony.

Since the 1940s when the United States Army Air Forces established a training facility here, Indian Springs has been home for many military groups. Prior to being renamed as Creech Air Force Base in 2005, the field was known as Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field. In 1982 the USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron suffered a crash at the base. The "Diamond Crash" caused the deaths of four pilots.

One of the town's main roads, "Sky Road," was named by [William J. Brady http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10697&page=382], in memory of his friend Sky, who was also an Indian Springs resident. The road was paved (most roads were not). In the summer heat, the tar would soften, and if you walked on the road, your feet would sink down a little. Many people in Indian Springs lived in trailers. Desert tortoises (which were called "turtles") would wander through the residents' yards. Sometimes, a snake or iguana would visit! Many Indian Springs residents worked at the Nevada Test Site (this was during the era of weapons testing—even above-ground nuclear testing).

Indian Springs had one school. "Mr. Boam" was a principal there.

The artesian spring: the land surrounding the creek and lake (a small, muddy, carp-infested lake) was called "The Ranch." It was privately owned. The owners rented out old ranch houses...they allowed the tenants to pick blackberries—one or two pie's worth per family. Also, the owners allowed a tanker truck from the Nevada Test Site to fill up (regularly) with fresh water from the creek/spring, for the workers at the Nevada Test Site to drink. Regularly. The problem was that the same truck was also used to haul leaded gasoline to the site. So, the drinking water was contaminated with gasoline. (The ranch owners didn't know about the contamination; they were doing a good thing.)

In the vernacular of I.S. residents, Las Vegas was called "town." If you were driving to Las Vegas, say, for a twice-a-month grocery trip, you were "going to town." (People liked to shop at Vegas Village or Wonder World in "town.")

If you visit Indian Springs today, you will see trailers from an era gone by. Look for the "Atomic View Trailer Court". Some of the same people who lived in Indian Springs during the 1950s still live there today.

Geography

Indian Springs is located at 36°34′18″N 115°40′38″W / 36.57167°N 115.67722°W / 36.57167; -115.67722 (36.571656, -115.677186)[1].

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