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  • ID: I213
  • Name: Prosper Jacob GOUMOND
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 DEC 1876 in Indiana
  • Death: 1954 in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV
  • Occupation: Manger of the Boulder Club in Downtown Las Vegas, businessman, gambler.
  • Note: Registered for the WWI military draft at White Pine, Nevada. Listed in the 1910 US Census>Nevada>White Pine>Ely as Name: Prosper J Gammond Age in 1910: 33 Estimated Birth Year: 1876 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1910: 3-WD ELY, WHITE PINE, Nevada Married 10 years. He lists himself as being only married once, which was a lie or a mistake on the part of the census taker. Listed with wife Gertrude giving birth to one child and one chid living. And son Harold - aged 9. His occupation is listed as "gambler." Listed in the 1920 U.S. Census Nevada White Pine Ely as Goumond, Prosper with wife Gertrude and son Harold. He lists his place of birth as Ohio in this census. Is listed in the U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > Nevada > Clark > Las Vegas > as Prosper J Gaumond. He lists his place of birth as Indiana in this census. His occupation is listedd as Manager of a club (which would have been the Boulder Club in Downtown Las Vegas). He is listed along with his wife Gertrude and son Harold and daughter-in-law Margaret C. - Harold is listed as a musician in an orchestra. He lived at 420 S. 7th St., Las Vegas ,NV in a home built in 1931, he bought it in 1935 - that location was directly across from the old Las Vegas High football field. In 1984 the house was moved to the museum's Heritage Street in 1984. However, it took 15 years of renovations before the museum, located at 1830 S. Boulder Highway, finally opened the house to the public Feb 19, 1999. Goumond opened the Boulder Club on Fremont Street and in the early '40s bought 40 acres at Tule Springs before expanding the area (now Floyd Lamb State Park) to 880 acres through purchases. Goumond died in 1954. Owner of the Boulder Club and a dude ranch at Tule Springs, he once entertained guests in his large, two-story home. The Tule Springs area has long been known as one of the best Pleistocene fossil sites in western North America. Remains found here have included giant sloths, bison, camels, horses and mammoths. Man's first presence in the area, however, only dates back 10,000 to 11,000 years. Today that presence is much more in evidence. The area that is now Floyd Lamb State Park was used as a watering stop by American Indians and local prospectors, and as a rest stop for horses on the Bullfrog Stage Line to Rhyolite. John Herbert Nay began farming the land in 1916, but sold the land in 1928. It remained vacant until 1941 when Jacob Goumond turned it into a working ranch. When Nevada's divorce laws became the most liberal in the country by requiring only a six-week residency, Goumond saw a chance to make money with a "dude" ranch. Divorcees who came to live out their residency requirements occupied themselves with horseback riding, swimming, tennis, hayrides, barbecues, dances and a shooting range. But even as a dude ranch, Tule Springs remained a working farm. Livestock included a herd of cattle, dairy cows, horses, chickens, turkeys and pigs. Fruits and vegetables were grown year round and 100 acres were cultivated in alfalfa. Ranch denizens today include peacocks, ducks and geese. Visitors may roam the grounds of the old Tule Springs Ranch. A group of 22 historic structures are currently used only by park staff; future plans call for rehabilitation of the site. The buildings are identified in a park brochure, available at the entrance station. Goumond expanded the ranch, eventually acquiring 880 acres. By 1949 there were more than 100 acres planted in alfalfa which were irrigated by one of the several wells Goumond sank on the property. In 1946 Goumond sank the well that was to supply water to his man-made lake. Initially, the ranch was a private retreat for Goumond and his friends; eventually, it became a guest ranch with motel-like apartments available. Tule Springs was one of several guest ranches or dude ranches that operated during the postwar boom in the Las Vegas economy. After Goumond died in 1954, the property was inherited by his granddaughter, Margo Goumond. She sold it to a group of businessmen in 1959 for $200,000. For a while it was leased and operated as a working ranch.
  • Change Date: 12 AUG 2006

    Father: Albert GROMOND b: MAY 1844 in French Canada
    Mother: Female b: in OH

    Marriage 1 Ona Belle PRINDLE b: 16 JUN 1878 in Pickaway, Co., OH
    • Married: 11 OCT 1892 in De Kalb Co, IN
    1. Has Children Neva M. GOUMOND b: 8 SEP 1898 in DeKalb Co, IN

    Marriage 2 Gertrude b: ABT 1880 in Iowa
    • Married: ABT 1900 in Probably Nebraska
    1. Has Children Charles Harold GOUMOND b: 28 AUG 1900 in Nebraska
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