Note: Registered for the WWI military draft at White Pine, Nevada.Listed in the 1910 US Census>Nevada>White Pine>Ely asName: 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 chidliving. And son Harold - aged 9. His occupation is listed as"gambler." Listed in the 1920 U.S. Census � Nevada � White Pine � Ely � asGoumond, Prosper with wife Gertrude and son Harold. He lists hisplace 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 listshis place of birth as Indiana in this census. His occupation islistedd as Manager of a club (which would have been the BoulderClub in Downtown Las Vegas). He is listed along with his wifeGertrude and son Harold and daughter-in-law Margaret C. - Haroldis listed as a musician in an orchestra.He lived at 420 S. 7th St., Las Vegas ,NV in a home built in1931, he bought it in 1935 - that location was directly acrossfrom the old Las Vegas High football field. In 1984 the housewas moved to the museum's Heritage Street in 1984. However, ittook 15 years of renovations before the museum, located at 1830S. Boulder Highway, finally opened the house to the public Feb19, 1999. Goumond opened the Boulder Club on Fremont Street and in theearly '40s bought 40 acres at Tule Springs before expanding thearea (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, heonce entertained guests in his large, two-story home. The Tule Springs area has long been known as one of the bestPleistocene fossil sites in western North America. Remains foundhere have included giant sloths, bison, camels, horses andmammoths. Man's first presence in the area, however, only datesback 10,000 to 11,000 years. Today that presence is much more inevidence. The area that is now Floyd Lamb State Park was used asa watering stop by American Indians and local prospectors, andas a rest stop for horses on the Bullfrog Stage Line toRhyolite. John Herbert Nay began farming the land in 1916, butsold the land in 1928. It remained vacant until 1941 when JacobGoumond turned it into a working ranch.When Nevada's divorce laws became the most liberal in thecountry by requiring only a six-week residency, Goumond saw achance to make money with a "dude" ranch. Divorcees who came tolive out their residency requirements occupied themselves withhorseback riding, swimming, tennis, hayrides, barbecues, dancesand a shooting range. But even as a dude ranch, Tule Springsremained a working farm. Livestock included a herd of cattle,dairy cows, horses, chickens, turkeys and pigs. Fruits andvegetables were grown year round and 100 acres were cultivatedin alfalfa. Ranch denizens today include peacocks, ducks andgeese. Visitors may roam the grounds of the old Tule SpringsRanch. A group of 22 historic structures are currently used onlyby park staff; future plans call for rehabilitation of the site.The buildings are identified in a park brochure, available atthe entrance station.Goumond expanded the ranch, eventually acquiring 880 acres. By1949 there were more than 100 acres planted in alfalfa whichwere irrigated by one of the several wells Goumond sank on theproperty.In 1946 Goumond sank the well that was to supply water to hisman-made lake. Initially, the ranch was a private retreat forGoumond and his friends; eventually, it became a guest ranchwith motel-like apartments available. Tule Springs was one ofseveral guest ranches or dude ranches that operated during thepostwar boom in the Las Vegas economy.After Goumond died in 1954, the property was inherited by hisgranddaughter, Margo Goumond. She sold it to a group ofbusinessmen in 1959 for $200,000. For a while it was leased andoperated as a working ranch.
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