“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Dayton in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Sutro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paulette Nelson, December 12, 2019
1. Sutro Marker
Inscription.  Sutro was a town, a tunnel, and a man. The well-planned community was headquarters for the Sutro Drainage Tunnel.

German-born Adolph Sutro came to the Comstock in 1860. He advocated a drainage tunnel, visualizing development of Comstock ore with this access. By 1865, his vision gained approval of state and federal legislation. However, the mining interests, having at first supported the tunnel, became strongly opposed.

When construction began in 1869, it was first financed by the mine workers since the tunnel would presumably improve mine safety. Later, the funding came from international bankers. Miners completed the main tunnel in 1878 and then extended lateral excavations, providing drainage, ventilation and access to many Comstock mines. The work on the tunnel from its lower end created a town of 600-800 and boasted of a church, post office and its own weekly newspaper, plus Sutro’s Victorian mansion and other fine residences. Adolph Sutro soon sold his interest in the tunnel company and returned to San Francisco, where he served as mayor.
Erected by State Historic Preservation
Sutro Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paulette Nelson, December 12, 2019
2. Sutro Marker
Office and Julie C. Bulette Chapter E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 85.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 16.462′ N, 119° 33.874′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Highway (U.S. 50) and Segale Road, on the right when traveling west on Lincoln Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton NV 89403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camels in Dayton (approx. 2.8 miles away); Courthouse Site 1864 - 1909 (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dayton's School House - 1865 (approx. 2.9 miles away); Carson & Colorado Railroad (approx. 2.9 miles away); Chinatown (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dayton (approx. 3 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 3 miles away); Odeon Saloon - Billiard Parlour Dayton Lodge No. 5 I.O.O.F. (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2019, by Paulette Nelson of N Las Vegas, Nevada. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2019, by Paulette Nelson of N Las Vegas, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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