When Blue Diamond was originally established as a company town in the 1940s, it wasn't much different from other villages throughout the west and southwest. Inexpensively-built tract homes (constructed mostly of wallboard -- the company's primary product!) lined the streets with nary a tree in sight.
When winter came, however, Blue Diamond was primarily distinguishable from Las Vegas by virtue of the fact that considerable snow fell -- and stuck!
Big Simon Vasquez, before he passed away, told me about the snow storm of 1947, when the snow was 4-foot deep and stayed for months! Check out the car in the distance!
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