“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.
Photographed 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.
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Office and Julia C. Bulette Chapter E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 85.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
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. Lifeblood of the Mills (approx. 2.7 miles away); Camels in Dayton (approx. 2.8 miles away); Courthouse Site (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dayton's School House - 1865 (approx. 2.9 miles away); Carson & Colorado Railroad (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Misfits (approx. 2.9 miles away); Chinatown (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dayton (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
Sutro Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paulette Nelson, December 12, 2019
2. Sutro Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2019, by Paulette Nelson of N Las Vegas, Nevada. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on June 23, 2021, by Matthew J Ebert of Gerlach, NV. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2019, by Paulette Nelson of N Las Vegas, Nevada. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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