Was his name Giovanni Maria Augustini or Juan Maria de Agostini, or one of several other variations that have been used in the 150 years the Hermit has been part of Las Vegas history? And what of his likeness?
Which of the two photographs appearing with this column was the real Hermit? Perhaps neither. Such is the lore and legend surrounding the Italian recluse for whom Hermit’s Peak is known. (One source even identifies the Hermit as Matteo Boccalini, born on the Isle of Capri in 1808, and ordained in 1829 as Father Francesco.)
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