Free public lecture on Moapa Paiute Chief Tosho

Virgin Valley Heritage Museum | Stock image, St. George News

MESQUITE, Nev. — Moapa Paiute Chief Tosho, whose home village was in the Mesquite area from 1850-1870, is said to have kept the fragile peace of the Virgin Valley in Nevada – days of yesteryear that history buff and Silver Reef, Utah, resident Dr. Edward Leo Lyman will talk about during a free public Tuesday in Mesquite.

The lecture is hosted by the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum and will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers of Mesquite City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd.

Lyman will focus on the Southern Paiute Native American tribe, including Chief Tosho, a topic the emeritus history professor is currently writing a book on.

Early transportation routes involving Mesquite included pack mule trains, automobiles and the railroad in Meadow Valley, Nevada, something that Lyman, who taught history for over 50 years, had particular interest in. He also took interest in transportation between Utah and California.

He has authored two books about wagon travel: “The Arduous Road, The Most Difficult Wagon Road in American History” and “Overland Journey, The Wagon Road from the City of the Saints to the City of Angels.” He has also written articles about the Arrowhead Highway, the first automobile highway from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, which have been published in Utah, Nevada and California historical quarterly journals.

Lyman received his doctorate from the University of California, Riverside.


Event details

  • What: Founders Forum about Moapa Paiute Chief Tosho
  • When: Tuesday, April 19, 6 p.m.
  • Where: Council Chambers at City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite
  • This event is free and open to the public


  •  Virgin Valley Heritage Museum | 35 W. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite | Facebook page | Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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