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Ely in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Ely - Forging the Link

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
1. Ely - Forging the Link Marker
Inscription. James H. Simpson put the future site of Ely on the map during his 1859 exploration through the Great Basin. In the 1860's, silver and gold deposits were discovered nearby in what became the Robinson Mining District. Ely developed as a regional center, becoming the White Pine County seat in 1887. The area grew dramatically in the early 1900s with major copper discoveries. The Nevada Northern Railway, headquartered in East Ely, carried ore from the mines at Ruth to the McGill smelter, as well as connecting Ely to the world on its 150 mile route north to the transcontinental railroad.

The towns of eastern Nevada were joined during the late nineteenth century by a network of wagon roads. In 1913, the road through Ely was incorporated into the transcontinental Lincoln Highway, though it was not paved until 1922. Ely had over 2,000 residents and offered many services, making it an excellent stopping place on the long road across the Great Basin. When the copper industry declined during World War I, the struggling town turned to travelers for income.

The Lincoln Highway was designated US 50 in 1926. By mid-century the popularity of the Victory Highway, now Interstate 80, reduced US 50 to the status of "The Loneliest Road in America."

In addition to the Lincoln Highway, two other major national roadways converge
Ely - Forging the Link Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
2. Ely - Forging the Link Marker
View west on Aultman Street.
at Ely. The Midland Trail, designated Route 6 in 1937, was an early coast to coast automobile road that also connected Ely to Tonopah and Southern California. US 93, which passes north-south through Ely, takes travelers from Canada almost to the Mexican border.
 
Erected by State of Nevada Historical Preservation Office. (Marker Number 269.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Highway marker series.
 
Location. 39° 14.892′ N, 114° 53.473′ W. Marker is in Ely, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker is at the intersection of Aultman Street and 7th Street, on the left when traveling west on Aultman Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ely NV 89301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nevada Northern Railway (approx. mile away); Jedediah Strong Smith (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Ward Cemetery (approx. 12.1 miles away); Ward Mining District (approx. 13.3 miles away); Taylor (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
<i>photo on</i> Ely - Forging the Link Marker image. Click for full size.
circa October 4, 2013
3. photo on Ely - Forging the Link Marker
<i>photo on</i> Ely - Forging the Link Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
4. photo on Ely - Forging the Link Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 19, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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