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Near New Washoe City in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Bowers Mansion

Built-1864 Restored-1967

 
 
Updated Marker for Bowers Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 17, 2016
1. Updated Marker for Bowers Mansion
Inscription.
Replacement Marker:
Built - 1864 Restored - 1967 Bowers Mansion recalls the wealth of the Comstock Bonanza. Lemuel S. "Sandy" & Eilley Orrum Bowers were probably the first millionaires produced by the famous find in Gold Canyon. As strangers, they had adjoining claims. After a rich vein was struck, they were soon married and had the mansion built.

Misfortune followed fortune and soon all was lost. The richness of their vein gave out, a new mill was destroyed, financiers balked, and then Sandy died in 1868. Maneuvering to make the property self sustaining, Eilley struggled on. Finally, in 1878, she lost the mansion by foreclosure to Myron C. Lake.

After that, the property had a succession of owners including Henry Ritter, who managed it as a popular resort from 1903 to 1946. Eilley Orrum Bowers died in poverty and unwittingly, she and Sandy left a legacy to Nevada.

Original Marker
Bowers Mansion is another reminder of the Comstock Bonanza. Lemuel S. "Sandy" & Eilley Orrum Bowers were probably the first millionaires produced by the fabulous find in Gold Canyon.

As strangers, they had adjoining claims. After a rich vein was struck, they were soon married and had the mansion built.

Misfortune followed fortune and soon all was lost. The richness of their vein gave
New Marker for Bowers Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 17, 2016
2. New Marker for Bowers Mansion
out; A new mill was destroyed; financiers balked; then Sandy died in 1868.

Maneuvering to make the property self-sustaining, Eilley struggled on. Finally, in 1878, losing the mansion by foreclosure to Myron C. Lake.

Thereupon, the property had a succession of owners including Henry Ritter, who managed it as a popular resort from 1903 to 1946. Eilley Orrum Bowers had died in 1903 in poverty and unwittingly, she and Sandy left a legacy to Nevada.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park System. Bowers Mansion Restoration Committee. (Marker Number 166.)
 
Location. 39° 17.082′ N, 119° 50.434′ W. Marker is near New Washoe City, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker can be reached from Bowers Mansion Road (U.S. 395). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4005 Bowers Mansion Road, Washoe Valley NV 89704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franktown (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Winters Ranch (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Winters Ranch (approx. 2.1 miles away); Galena Creek Fish Hatchery (approx. 4.8 miles away); Galena (approx. 5.5
Original Bowers Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, November 4, 2009
3. Original Bowers Mansion Marker
miles away); The Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada (approx. 5.8 miles away); Steamboat Springs (approx. 8.4 miles away); The Governor's Mansion (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Washoe City.
 
Also see . . .  Bowers Mansion. The Chronicle of a Curious Nevada Landmark This historic iconís influence spans more than 150 years. Includes a historical photo taken in the 1860's. (Submitted on October 11, 2015.) 
 
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Bowers Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, November 4, 2009
4. Bowers Mansion
A view from the forest above the mansion. image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, November 4, 2009
5. A view from the forest above the mansion.
Bowers Mansion Entrance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, November 4, 2009
6. Bowers Mansion Entrance Marker
Bowers Burial Site In the Woods Above The Mansion. image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, November 4, 2009
7. Bowers Burial Site In the Woods Above The Mansion.
Lemuel Bowers Gravestone. image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, November 4, 2009
8. Lemuel Bowers Gravestone.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California.   3. submitted on October 8, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada.   4, 5. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada.   6, 7, 8. submitted on October 10, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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