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Wells in Elko County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Historic Front Street

 
 
Historic Front Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2014
1. Historic Front Street Marker
Note: There is no attached photo.
Inscription. Originating about 1868, Wells, Nevada focused around the Central Pacific Railroad. Chinese, Irish, and Italian immigrants were very instrumental in building the railroad and still today have a heavy emphasis on the Nevada economy. You may note that the current site of the Firehall used to be a large opium den of the Chinese. Also, after settlers had crossed the salt flats by rail, they then traveled to the area valleys for permanent residency. The picture below is an actual picture of Front Street dated to at least 1880.
 
Location. 41° 6.745′ N, 114° 57.846′ W. Marker is in Wells, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street and Lake Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 388 7th Street, Wells NV 89835, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Humboldt Wells (approx. 0.8 miles away); Remember Metropolis (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Asian AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Historic Front Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2014
2. Historic Front Street Marker
Lake Avenue today image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2014
3. Lake Avenue today
Severely damaged in the 2008 earthquake, Lake Avenue is deserted today.
Humboldt Wells image. Click for full size.
By J.B. Silvis, circa 1870s
4. Humboldt Wells
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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