Dr. Lonnie Hammargrens 21st Annual Nevada Day Celebration

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Written and Photography by Nikki Artale

For over 20 years Dr. Lonnie Hammargren has opened his house to celebrate Nevada Day at Castillo Del Sol which he purchased in 1969. The 12,000-square-foot house has a collection of strange and unusual collectables and artifacts which Lonnie has been collecting for many years. The property includes three houses which Lonnie purchased to hold his collections. He started collecting butterflies at 5 years old and at 69 he is still going strong in purchasing items for his museum house.

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The maze of collectables include museum pieces, casino signs, movie props and thousands of treasure troves, some of which are curious and strange. In the Beverly Hillbillies car you will see mannequins of Beverly Hillary-Billie’s featuring Hillary and Bill Clinton and nearby is a pot with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s heads. It is a sight to see. www.nevadaday.org

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A book release party for his new book “Neurosurgeon for the Gladiators was featured, written by Dr. Lonnie Hammargren and he took the time to personally autograph each book. Lonnie is a retired brilliant neurosurgeon and a former Lt. Governor of Nevada and loves being with all his friends and admirers and enjoys sharing his carnival or should I say amusement park once a year on Nevada Day. His cousin from Minnesota brought him gifts, more to add to his collection.

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The event took place on Oct. 29-30 and Johnny Stuart provided two days of wonderful entertainment. Johnny Potash, Mark Maynard, Mama’s Wranglers and Dana Day, to name a few, took the stage.



Johnny Potash


Mark Maynard

It was a wonderful day and we all thank Dr. Hammargren and Sandy for opening up their home for all of us to enjoy once again. See you next year.


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Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer  – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website www.ILoveLasVegasNV.net.

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100% of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services.

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