NevadaGram #26 Female Bank Robbers, Winnemucca Wants Your Vote and The Family E Discovers Nevada

There is a gang of female bank robbers headquartered in Austin and making raids as far away as Goldfield. They don’t actually rob banks, but they play the part to the hilt, in full Victorian regalia and sometimes with horse pistols tucked into their reticules. They give Austin’s ghostly Main Street a resonance it has not felt in years.

Two participants in the Austin New Years Celebration, modeling their Victorian haute couteur.

Two participants in the Austin New Years Celebration, modeling their Victorian haute couteur.

Despite everyone’s best efforts it had been dying for a very long time. They are investing the sad old city with a wonderful new energy.

Lately this gang has turned its energies to creating a Victorian New Year Celebration in Austin. On the last day of 2003 there’s to be an afternoon Brandy & Smoker for men and a Tea & Social for women, followed by a grand Gala Dinner and Ball with everyone decked out in their late 19th century finery. Here’s an article about it from the Las Vegas SUN.

It’s thrilling to see the old city flowering again. The gala New Year’s Ball will be a delightful spectacle, and it may be a whole new day a-dawning for Austin. For information e-mail Jan Morrison or call her at 775-964-1100.

Winnemucca, recently anointed America’s “Best Wild West Town” by

True West magazine, is now a candidate for selection as an American Dream Town. Three communities are nominated from each state, votes are collected online, and the winner is the one with the highest vote total at the chime of midnight 12/31/03. You can cast a vote here.The other Nevada candidates are Virginia City and Henderson. As a resident of Gold Hill, I can tell you Virginia City is a nice place to visit, but . . . and Henderson’s many virtues are much more apparent in the real world than in dreams. My nominations for Nevada Dream Towns: Baker, Eureka, Yerington, Belmont, Boulder City and Black Rock City, pick any three — wait, Black Rock City is a dream.

Mom, Connor and Davis visited the preserved town of Berlin at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.

Mom, Connor and Davis visited the preserved town of Berlin at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.

Last August, Family E departed Reno on a journey of exploration, hoping to discover Nevada. They started in Hawthorne, went on to Bodie California, then back into Nevada to Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park and Ione, where they stayed overnight. Then Area 51, Caliente, Pioche, Ely and home again via US 50.Here are their impressions

Overheard at The Nugget in Carson City: “Crazy people recognize one another. Sometimes we turn and run away, and sometimes we huddle up, but we always know.”

David W. Toll

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