Thomas Brinley Rickey (1836-1920) was a rancher and landholder in the late 19th century. At one point he owned nearly all of the Antelope Valley, straddling the border of Nevada and California, as well as other scattered holdings further to the south. He was instrumental in the effort to reroute the Walker River and create Topaz Lake. He also got into banking later in his career, founding the Nevada State Bank and Trust Company. His banks failed during a financial panic in 1907, and much of his land had to be sold.
He is probably best known today for selling the land that the Nevada Governor's Mansion sits on to the state for $10.
- Record-Courier: Who's got the water?: The story of Tom Rickey and Topaz Lake