150 Years Ago
Meteor: According to the Petaluma Journal, Sam Smith, night watchman there, said that last Sunday morning at 2 o’clock, a meteor as large as a barn door sped from North to South, lighting up the earth and whirring as it went by.
130 Years Ago
All sorts: Owing to the increase of business an extra passenger train will be put on the Virginia and Truckee shortly.
An elephant is being raffled at Dempsey’s saloon.
Dick Thomas has a young son down with scarlet fever at Franktown.
110 Years Ago
Carson street: “I will buy every piece of property I can on Carson street,” said a businessman. “I consider Carson City one of the best cities in the state for investment.” Don’t worry, watch us grow.
70 Years Ago
Gold Hill: The Gold Miners’ Union building collapsed, caused by the heavy snowstorms. The building was built in 1867 and home of first miners’ union west of the Mississippi. The union was organized Dec. 8, 1866 when Gold Hill had a population of over 10,000.
50 Years Ago
Nugget’s Annual Turkey Treat: Local residents who are unable to afford the traditional Thanksgiving dinner are invited to be guests of the Carson Nugget — meant especially to those families with small children and those who live alone. On the way out, hand the check to the cashier with the remark, “I’m a guest today.”
20 Years Ago
Photo caption: Employees of Central Sierra Construction refurbish one of the three domes at the Capitol. The domes will be patched, scraped and repainted.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.