Known as the mistress of the Mormon Trail, Helen J. Stewart not only paved the way for women in the west, but also was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the future of Las Vegas.Born in the Midwest in the mid-1800s, uprooted and transplanted as a young girl into the frenzied gold rush days in California, Helen J. Stewart experienced the rigors of pioneer life early. Married at nineteen, mother at twenty, widow at thirty with four children and pregnant with her fifth, she had no time to ponder her fate. Instead, she became a force to reckon with.Sally Zanjani and Carrie Townley Porter chronicle the extraordinary life of a woman dedicated to providing for her family and improving the lives of those around her, a woman ahead of her time who befriended Indians as well as congressmen, a woman who truly was the "First Lady of Las Vegas".
About Carrie Townley Porter
About Sally Zanjani
Sally Zanjani, PhD, is a leading Nevada historian and member of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame whose books include A Mine of Her Own: Women Prospectors in the American West, 1850-1950Carrie Townley Porter, MA, is a teacher of Nevada history, records manager, and historian who has spent decades studying and writing about Helen Stewart.