Austin in Lander County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
St. Augustine's Catholic Church to the west was built in 1866 of native brick and stone. Father Monteverde, the first pastor, conducted the first mass at midnight, Christmas Eve, 1866. Admission of $1 per person was charged to limit the number of people attending.
The Methodist Church to the north was built in 1866. It was financed by donated stocks which were pooled by the canny pastor into the Methodist Mining Company and sold in the east. Lectures and entertainment were part of the church scene for benefit purposes. Emma Wixom attended Sunday school here. Later, as world-famous Emma Nevada, she brought her troupe to Austin and gave a benefit concert in this church.
State Historical Marker No. 67
Nevada State Park System
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Restored 1996, Courtesy of Western Nevada Supply Co.
Erected 1969 by Nevada State Park System and Austin Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 67.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
Location. 39° 29.517′ N, 117° 4.2′ W. Marker is in Austin, Nevada, in Lander County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 50 and 7th Street, on the left when traveling east on Highway 50. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin NV 89310, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lander County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Austin Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Austin Masonic and Oddfellows Hall (1867) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. George's Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Austin City Hall (about 500 feet away); St. Augustine (about 600 feet away); Austin City Railway (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . . New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 935 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 22, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. 9, 10, 11. submitted on October 22, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.