As part of UNLV Libraries’ observance of Asian, Pacific Islander & Middle Eastern Heritage Month, we’re sharing—and celebrating—an incredible life story documented in our Tomiyasu Photograph Collection. Yonema “Bill” Tomiyasu is notable in early Las Vegas history for the 160-acre ranch he operated near what is now Pecos and Warm Springs Road. The Tomiyasu Farm provided a surprising array of luscious produce for Las Vegas and even the remotest areas in Southern Nevada, as well as for workers at the Boulder Dam construction site. By Nancy Hardy, Outreach and Reference Assistant, UNLV Libraries Special Collections.
A portrait of Yonema “Bill” Tomiyasu taken in California sometime between 1908 and 1910. (Tomiyasu Photo Collection, PH: 0294-0004)