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Austin in Lander County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Austin

1864 — 1964

 
 
Austin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
1. Austin Marker
Inscription. Austin, mother town of mining camps, sprang into being after William Talcott discovered silver at this spot on May 2, 1862. Talcott came from Jacobsville, a stage stop six miles to the west on the Reese River, the first Lander County seat. He was hauling wood out of Pony Canyon, directly below, when he made the strike that set off the famous "rush to Reese."

A town called Clifton flourished briefly in Pony Canyon, but fast-growing Austin soon took over and became the county seat in 1863. Before the mines began to fail in the 1880's Austin was a substantial city of 10,000 people. From Austin, prospectors fanned out to open many other important mining camps.

Nevada Centennial Marker No. 8
Nevada State Park System
 
Erected 1975 by Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Location. 39° 29.9′ N, 117° 4.767′ W. Marker is in Austin, Nevada, in Lander County. Marker is on Highway 50, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin NV 89310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Austin Cemetery (1863) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stokes Castle (approx. 0.3 miles away); International Hotel
Austin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
2. Austin Marker
(approx. half a mile away); St. Augustine (approx. 0.6 miles away); Austin City Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Austin Masonic and Oddfellows Hall (1867) (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lander County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ghost Towns - Austin. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
2. "History of Masonry in Nevada" by C. W. Torrence. Chapter V
Lander Lodge No. 8 and Austin No. 10 (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.) 

3. "History of Masonry in Nevada" by C. W. Torrence. Chapter VII
Austin Lodge No. 10, Austin NV (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.) 

4. New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. The marker has been amended
Austin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
3. Austin Marker
to remove the reference to "mother town of mining camps" and to change the population from 10,000 to several thousand. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
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Main Street, Austin, Nevada image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
4. Main Street, Austin, Nevada
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 923 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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