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About the Author

Author Info

I'm the author of four books on topics that range from American Indian stone tools to the Great Basin to the history of the Comstock Lode. I also wrote a weekly history column for The Comstock Chronicle, a community newspaper serving Virginia City and nearby areas.

I grew up on a working ranch in Sparks, Nevada, and worked many years for the Nevada Department of Transportation. I also operated my own business, Cassinelli Landscaping and Construction, which is carried on today by my son, John.

I've always had a keen interest in archaeology, anthropology and Great Basin history -- as well as exploring the vast beauty of the Great American Desert.