University of Nevada Oral History Program

The 1897 heavyweight title fight between champion James Corbett and challenger Bob Fitzsimmons in Carson City has been well documented in the history books of Nevada.  But did you know that Fitzsimmons, while training for the fight, attended church services at Nevada State Prison?  Lucy Davis Crowell knew that. In fact, she and Fitzsimmons "sang out of the same hymn book more than once."  Crowell's recollections of that interaction with Fitzsimmons — and her memories of Carson City at the turn of the 20th century — are part of a treasure trove of Nevada history in the collection of the University of Nevada Oral History Program, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal ( For full story click here.