Dr. Lonnie Hammargrens 21st Annual Nevada Day Celebration
Nikki Artale & Dr. Lonnie Hammargren

Written & Photos 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 sq. ft. house has a collection of strange and unusual collectables and artifacts which Lonnie has been collecting for many years. The property includes 3 houses which Lonnie purchased to hold his collections. He started collecting butterflies at the age of five years old and at 69 he is still going strong in purchasing items for his museum house.

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.  
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.

The event took place on October 29-30, 2016 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
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.
Mark Maynard


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