His Own Private Nevada

One man’s passion for all that is old, irreplaceable and a little bizarre has evolved into a cherished Nevada Day tradition. Each year, Dr. Lonnie Hammargren opens his home—with its observatory, its old Vegas signs, its narrow, creaking staircases and its many shapely flasks—to the townspeople.

Through the years, his neighbors haven’t been thrilled with the event. But with the passage of time, even the staunchest defender of neighborhood placidity has to agree that Hammargren’s tradition is an act of civic love—the sort of thing that turns a city into a hometown.