Stewart Indian School Trail MapExperience life at Stewart during our GUIDE BY CELL audio tour
Stewart Indian School Map with Podcasts:
How it works
Each numbered stop along the trail is listed below. Simply click on the podcast arrow to listen to the story told by an alumni or employee from the Stewart Indian School. To download a podcast to your computer or smart device, click on the download button.
To download a brochure, CLICK HERE.
Visiting Stewart Indian School and the
Guide by Cell Audio Tour: How it works
1. When you visit Stewart Indian School and walk the trail, call 775.546.1460 on your cell phone.
2. When you see the tour signs, enter the audio stop number followed by the # key. Signs with audio stop numbers are located near each building indicated on the map. You may remain connected throughout your visit or hang up and call back as desired. You can listen to the stories in any order. We welcome your feedback to improve our tour, so please press 0# to leave a comment.
Note: You can also download podcasts to your computer or smart device from this web page prior to visiting.
1# Welcome Message
Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission, Sherry L. Rupert, gives a welcome and brief history of the boarding school era and the Stewart Indian School.
2# Administration Building
The former Administration building, built in 1923, had many uses in its long history. Hear details for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center to be established in the building and how you can help. Click here for more information about the Administration Building.
3# Small Girls Dorm
Hear how Aletha Tom, alumna of Stewart, came to the school on a bus from the Moapa Indian Reservation in Southern Nevada when she was 12 years old. The first time away from her mother and the reservation, she tells of her life in the Small Girls Dorm and the strict rules she had to follow. Click here for more information about the Small Girls Dorm.
4# Small Boys Dorm
Everette Willliams shares his memories of working at Stewart in the Boys Department as the Boys Dorm Attendant and the Dorm Supervisor. Hear him describe in detail the strict daily routine of the boys and the duties they were assigned if they didn’t comply. Click here for more information about the Small Boys Dorm.
Daisy Smith, six years old when she arrived at Stewart, shares her memories of the Auditorium and her first Christmas pageant. Click here for more information about the Auditorium.
6# Steam Tunnels
The entire Stewart Campus was heated by steam from underground tunnels which was supplied with coal and wood chips delivered by train on a V&T rail spur. Larry Hale, Stewart Buildings & Grounds Supervisor explains. Click here for more information about the Steam Tunnels.
7# New Gym & Classroom Bldg.
Buck Sampson, Stewart Alumnus, describes how the new gym was the center for boxing in the Western United States. Buck states, “. . . Just like New York had Madison Square Garden, we have Moccasin Square Garden! Buck also describes his controversial American Indian History class that was taught in the two-story classroom building. Click here for more information about the New Gym and Classroom Building.
Only 12 years old, and the first time away from the reservation and her family, Florence Millett shares her vivid memories of work at the infirmary and her personal struggle against loneliness. Click here for more information about the New Gym and Classroom Infirmary.
Though his primary interest at the Stewart Indian School was electricity, Andy Allen recalls his memories of working in the campus butcher shop and dairy. Click here for more information about the Agriculture facilities.
10# The Quad
A third generation employee of Stewart, William Oliver remembers his life at Stewart as a Guidance Counselor at the Quad and one student who came all the way from Japan just to attend the Stewart Indian School. Click here for more information about The Quad.
11# Old Gym & Athletic Fields
Judge Robey Willis shares fond memories of being the boxing coach and the assistant football coach for Stewart. He vividly describes some of his favorite moments in both the old gym and on the football field. Click here for more information about The Old Gym and Athletic Fields.
12# Shops (Carpentry)
Students in the carpentry shop learned how to build various items such as dressers, fences and coffins. Hear Hilman Tobey describe his experiences in the early years (1926-1937) of the Stewart Indian School. Click here for more information about the Shops (Carpentry).
13# Bakery/Post Office
The Stewart facility was in many ways a community to itself, it even had its own Post Office. Former Postal Clerk, Daryl Haines shares interesting facts about the Post Office and the campus and surrounding community it served. Click here for more information about the Bakery/Post Office.
14# Dining Hall
Bernice Gorham, the first woman cook at the Stewart Dining Hall, shares how she overcame adversity and the difficulty of preparing three meals a day for 600 students – and the little secret that helped her. Click here for more information about the Dining Hall.
15# Band Room
Earl T. Laird, Jr. tells the story of his father, Earl Laird, the beloved Band Director of the Stewart Indian School Band, who arrived from Pennsylvania in 1930 and dedicated 39 years of service to the students of Stewart. Click here for more information about the Band Room.
16# Wa Pai Shone
Terri McBride, local anthropologist, shares how the first Wa Pai Shone Trading Post was established at the Stewart Indian School. She explains how the Great Basin Native Americans sold their art and how progressive the cooperative was in its early days. Click here for more information about Wa Pai Shone.
17# Older Girls Dorm
Thelma DeLorme, alumna of Stewart, arrived at the Stewart Indian School from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony when she was 15 years old. Thelma recounts her shared life experiences in the Older Girls Dorm. Click here for more information about the Older Girls Dorm.
18# Employee Cottages
Born at Stewart in 1934, Earl T.Laird, Jr. shares his special memories of growing up in the employee cottages at Stewart. Hear Earl’s emotional account of caring for one orphan American Indian boy. Click here for more information about the Employee Cottages.
19# Superintendent’s Home
Alumna Marion Christensen recalls a Christmas memory from years ago spent at the Superintendent’s home. Click here for more information about the Superintendents Home.
20# Stone Buildings
Who were the artisans that built the stone buildings on the campus and where were they from? Bernice Wungnema Gorham answers these questions and more. Click here for more information about the Stone Buildings.