1949 Miss Nevada


1949 Carol Lampe, RenoHOMETOWN: Reno
BIRTHDAY: March 21, 1929
AGE: 20    HAIR: Brown    EYES: Green    HEIGHT: 5’10”
EDUCATION: Sophomore at University of Nevada in Reno
TALENT: 3 minute speech on the raising of purebred Hereford cattle
PEOPLE MET DURING HER REIGN: Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan and Cary Grant
  • “I did notice a few eyebrows raise when I said I was from Reno, however. People just don’t understand Nevada”
  • “A word of advice for future Miss Nevadans. Contestants won’t get far unless they have an unusual dramatic or musical ability.”
  • Tied with Miss Utah as tallest contestant
  • Media of 1949 stated that Carol brought her Hereford cow that she raised to Miss America and wanted to use it as part of her talent presentation but the Miss America committee said no but allowed Miss Montana to ride her horse for her talent presentation.  Complaints were made that the Miss America committee preferred horses over cows.  Due to an accident on stage with Miss Montana’s horse and the conflict, “no more animals” were allowed going forward at Miss America.
  • In later years, Carol stated that she didn’t actually take her cow to Atlantic City
  • 45 states, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia & Washington were represented.
  • The Reno chamber of commerce was upset because Carol and her mom went to NYC after Miss America and they were trying to coordinate a welcome home party.
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Sponsored by Associated Women Students at the University of Nevada):
  1. Carol Lampe, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority
  2. Jacqueline Keenan, Delta Delta Delta
  3. Gwen Byrd, Physical education majors
  4. Irene Fulton, Corps of Sponsors
  5. Andrea Smart, Women’s Recreation Associates
  6. Doris Sodergreen, Artemisia
  7. Anita Davidson, Manzanita Hall
  8. Odile Frost, Pi Beta Phi
  9. Elaine Powell, Gamma Phi Beta
  10. Rita Mortara, Sagebrush
  • Contestants had to be a student at the University of Nevada
  • $500 Scholarship awarded to the winner
  • Married name: Carol Kidwell (Husband: William)
  • Mother of 4, grandmother of 5 in 1986: Sons-Chris, Brian & Alan, Daughter-Nancy
  • Moved to Oakhurst, California in 1978
  • Carol is deceased (4/22/2004)