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Friday, August 1, 2014

The Name Behind Peccole Ranch


It seems I’m on a roll learning about the names in the Summerlin area. Since I live in Peccole Ranch, I thought it was time to learn the history if its naming.

Fittingly, the name comes from a gentleman named William P. “Bill” Peccole, who was a real estate developer, city commissioner, insurance agent, shopping mall developer, and a lifetime baseball fan. His love for baseball ran the range of a player in 1930s amateur clubs and Elks club, to being a coach, all the way to building baseball parks, including the ones at University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Born December 18, 1913 in Stockton, California, his high school education was in Sacramento, but his college degree (history and physical education) was at University of Nevada, Reno. He served in World War II as a physical education instructor and left the Army with captain rank.

He married Wanda Lamb on January 24, 1953, with whom he had three daughters – Leann, Laurie, and Lisa. Bill and Wanda were activists in the community with involvement in politics, education, the arts, and community development. They developed or provided land for Peccole Ranch, Sahara West Library, Durango Fire Station, Charleston Plaza Mall, and Queensridge to name a few.
Bill Peccole passed away December 15, 1999, just two days short of his 86th birthday, though his name lives on in our Las Vegas real estate communities.
-        -   by Shelly Durrell

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