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Published on Aug 27, 2012
Among the many structures on Heritage Street at the Clark County Museum is the Giles/Barcus House, originally built in Goldfield, located about 180 miles north of Las Vegas. Goldfield was a large mining boom town from 1903 until the early 1920s. At its peak in 1910, it had a population of 20,000 served by five banks, two daily and three weekly newspapers, two stock exchanges, three railroads and four schools. Edwin Schofield Giles, his wife Edith Corliss and their daughter Edith moved from Colorado to Goldfield in 1907. Ed Giles was a mining engineer, consultant and surveyor. In 1928, they acquired this 26-foot-by-24-foot cottage. When Edith Giles Barcus, the daughter, moved to Las Vegas in 1955, she couldn't part with the house. She had it moved to the corner of Hacienda and Giles streets, where it served as the "Odd Shop," an antique store. She made provisions for his house to be donated to the museum upon her death.