Charles “Pop” Squires (1865-1958)

Charles and Delphine Squires
Delphine Anderson Squires (1868-1961), Charles Pember Squires (1865-1958). The Squires at their 408 South 7th Street home. Photograph of Delphine and C. P. Squires, Las Vegas, circa 1950s. Squires Collection. UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives.

Nevada Historical Marker 190 reads:

Charles “Pop” Squires, often referred to as “the Father of Las Vegas,” lived at this location [408 South 7th Street], with his wife Delphine, from 1931 until his death in 1958.

Squires first arrived in the Las Vegas Valley in February 1905. He and his partners established a lumberyard, a tent hotel, a real estate firm, and the First State Bank. In March 1906, “Pop” assisted in the formation of the Consolidated Power & Telephone Company, bringing electricity and phone service to the new town.

In 1908, Squires and his wife purchased the community’s only newspaper, the Las Vegas Age. Squires campaigned for the creation of Clark County in 1909. He subsequently worked on incorporating Las Vegas into a city. With his wife and the voice of their newspaper, the couple became advocates for women’s suffrage. As a member of the League of the Southwest and the Colorado River Commission, Squires helped advance plans that eventually led to the construction of Hoover Dam.

Upon “Pop’s” passing, Las Vegas Sun reporter Bob Faiss wrote, “It seems strange that Las Vegas, a modern boomtown … should owe so much to the foresight of one man. But there is little we have today that wasn’t given an initial shove by ‘Pop’ Squires.”

Their home was demolished in the early 2010s. It was located at 408 South 7th Street, Las Vegas, Nevada.