“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Caliente in Lincoln County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)


(Culverwell's Ranch)

Caliente Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
1. Caliente Marker
Inscription. Caliente was first settled as a ranch, furnishing hay for the mining camps of Pioche and Delamar. In 1901, the famous Harriman-Clark right-of-way battle was ended when rancher Charles Culverwell, with the aid of a broad-gauge shotgun, allowed one railroad grade to be built through his lush meadows. Harriman and Clark had been battling eleven years building side-by-side grades, ignoring court orders and Federal marshals.

The population boom began with an influx of railroad workers, most of them immigrants from Austria, Japan and Turkey. Not understanding the laws and customs of the land, racial conflicts were frequent. A tent city was settled in August, 1903.

With the completion of the Los Angeles, San Pedro and Salt Lake Railroad in 1905, Caliente became a division point. In 1906-07, the Caliente and Pioche Railroad (now the Union Pacific) was built between Pioche and the main line at Caliente. The large Neo-Mission type depot was built in 1923, serving as a civic center, as well as a hotel.
Erected by Nevada State Park System, Lincoln County Area Development Committee. (Marker Number 55.)
Location. 37° 36.866′ N, 114° 30.755′ W. Marker is in Caliente, Nevada, in Lincoln County. Marker
Caliente Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
2. Caliente Marker
is at the intersection of Front Street and McKinley Street, on the right when traveling north on Front Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caliente NV 89008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Pacific Depot (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Panaca (approx. 13.9 miles away); Panaca Mercantile (approx. 14 miles away); Panaca Ward Chapel (approx. 14 miles away); Cathedral Gorge (approx. 14.3 miles away); Panaca Spring (approx. 14.3 miles away); Clover Valley Mountains Steam Engine/Sawmill (approx. 14.3 miles away); Bullionville (approx. 14.5 miles away).
Also see . . .  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. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar and readability. The content of the marker has been amended to change "Turkey" to "Ottoman Empire" and to remove the reference to racial conflicts. 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.)
Caliente, Nevada image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
3. Caliente, Nevada
View south on Front Street.
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
Union Pacific Depot image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
4. Union Pacific Depot
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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