150 Years Ago
A puff for Excelsior: Mr. Bryan of Washoe Valley loaded three teams with Excelsior rock and freighted it to Virginia (City) where it was worked by the Central Mill, yielding $388 dollars per ton. After unloading Mr. Ryan swept up his wagon beds and washed nine dollars in gold dust from the sweepings (Washoe Times).
130 Years Ago
All sorts: John Dormer and family leave for Bishop Creek today. Mrs. Dormer has agreed to keep the Appeal office supplied with quail. Ladies of Carson should not fail to take in the grand opening of Misses Calimberti’s new store in the burnt district.
110 Years Ago
Scotty’s mine: Walter Scott, the Death Valley cowboy-miner, has a mine located on Furnace Creek. He has a talc ledge 20 feet wide, which runs $150 to the ton. No outsiders are permitted to visit the Scott claims. Warning signed are placed, Krag-Jorgensen rifles capable of throwing bullets several miles and battery and spy glasses are used to note possible intruders. The foreman is 16 years old, receives $5 a day and a $500 bill when Scott visits the camp every two or three months.
70 Years Ago
Sheep stampeded: A local sheep grower, Juan Uhart, had a heavy loss in one of his flocks when a band of woolies were frightened by a bear. Four-hundred and fifty sheep were killed.
50 Years Ago
Nevada artists: Lyle Ball will display and give a demonstration of work, based on his study with Edgar A. Whitney in New England.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.
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