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Ghosttowns.com
05-01-2001, 08:36 PM
Originally posted by G.Fischer


: Hi everyone,



: As Im sure you where wondering what ever happened to Olinghouse and the Historical Society of Nevada, well they are slow but true to form to never let you down. Here is their reply.



: Dear Mr. Fischer:



: Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Olinghouse

: historic marker (#24)and the old community at Olinghouse. The historic marker

: for the Olinghouse site was set in 1970. The application for the marker

: contains photographs of the Olinghouse town site. The photographs show that

: even in 1970 there was nothing much left of the town other than the remains of

: fallen down buildings and what appears to be the skeleton of an old

: wagon.



: In my tenure as historic marker coordinator (approximately

: 6 years) the Olinghouse historic marker has been missing. It may have

: been taken down by road crews and not put up again or it may have been stolen.

: Theft is a common problem with markers set in outlying areas.

: Replacement of the marker is on our "to do" list and will be replaced as

: funding permits.



: Following is the text of the marker as it appeared at

: installation:



: "Named for a former teamster, turned sheepman--Elias

: Olinghouse, who settled in a quiet canyon at the base of the Pah Rah

: mountain range to get away from it all. As prospecting activities increased

: about him, Olinghouse was caught up in the whirl of things, buying several claims

: and erecting a small stamp mill in 1903 to process ores.



: The district was first prospected in 1860; it was not

: organized, however, until 1899. Shortly thereafter, the region

: reached its peak of activity, producing $410,000 in gold and silver values

: between 1898 and 1903.



: Both electric and telephone service were installed in

: 1903, and in 1907 the standard-gauge Nevada Railroad arrived. This

: short-lived railroad was completed from a junction on the Southern Pacific near

: Wadsworth to Olinghouse in February of 1907; regular operations ceased

: on November 1, 1907. Aside from it's short life, the Nevada Railroad

: Company has distinguished by having the first Shay-geared locomotives

: to be used in Nevada.



: Sporadic activity has continued at Olinghouse until the

: present time. Total production is estimated to have been $520,000."

Ghosttowns.com
05-02-2001, 03:28 AM
Originally posted by kathy


: Thanks for keeping us up to date about Olinghouse.

: And thanks, for sharing the letter that you received.

: If I lived closer, I'd be there for the rallies...

Ghosttowns.com
05-02-2001, 08:31 PM
Originally posted by Lynda


: Thanks for you letter to the Historical Society.

: It doesn't sound like they are in the business of

: protecting historical sites. Someone told me that

: Reid guy the politican(I'm a Californian)might be

: interested in this sort of thing, they thought his

: father was a miner. I'm not sure. I think he is a

: senator or something.