Category: Nevada History

Mark Twain’s Collar Buttons

Dan De Quille

by Dan De Quille The Golden Era, December 6, 1863 William Wright (Dan De Quille) If I had known that Mark Twain’s shirts were all without collars I would never have gone into partnership with him in rooms. I should have sternly refused having such a partner — all his excellent qualities and his useful […]

Finding Clemens Cove

One of the most memorable episodes in “Roughing It” recounts how young Sam Clemens hiked up to Lake Tahoe from Carson City. Sam Clemens, 1864 He tells how he and his companion staked a timber claim and accidentally set the forest on fire. The two escaped with their lives by rowing their skiff out into […]

Nevada’s Dead Towns

John Muir

by John Muir (1875) Nevada is one of the very youngest and wildest of the States; nevertheless it is already strewn with ruins that seem as gray and silent and time-worn as if the civilization to which they belonged had perished centuries ago. Yet, strange to say, all these ruins are results of mining efforts […]

A Brief History of Lincoln County

Cathedral Gorge Nevada

Cathedral Gorge in US 93 near Panaca By Dave Maxwell   Visit Lincoln County this summer. It’s worth it. Part of Nevada’s Silver Trails Territory, it definitely fits that description.   In 1849, during the great Western migration, a party from Kansas seeking a shorter way from Salt Lake to California crossed through present day Lincoln […]

Betty’s Cards

Betty's Cards Golden Gate Bar Silver City Nevada

Pick a Card from the Wall by Sam Toll I was born in Carson City Nevada in 1962 and grew up in Gold Hill. I spent my first 20 years on the Comstock Lode and at that time the Golden Gate Bar in Silver City was run by Pat Staab, a retired prison guard from San Quentin and his […]

The Lost Ski Lodge of the Rubies

Forgotten ski lodge of the Ruby Mountains Nevada

“The Ruby Mountains in Northern Nevada weren’t always packed with sleds, and the lot of cars full of folks looking to draw their line down Terminal Cancer.” Even prior to Carl Fischer’s 1976 proposal to the U.S. Forest Service to allow what has become one of the most respected Heli Operations in the U.S. (Ruby […]

Boyhood Days in Winnemucca 1901-1910

Chinatown, Winnemucca Nevada

by James R. Chew As a young boy, my family and I lived in Winnemucca’s Chinatown on Baud Street.  It had a population of about 400 Chinese, who were practically all railroad workers.  Surprisingly, only four of the 400 were women.  When the Pacific Railroad was completed in May 1869, many of them had to […]

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