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Austin Historic Marker


Location of sign -  U.S. Highway 50 in Austin, Nevada.


Photo taken October 2008


Austin Historic Marker in Nevada

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:



Austin, mother town of mining camps, sprang into being after William Talcott discovered silver at this spot on May 2, 1862. Talcott came from Jacobsville, a stage stop six miles to the west on the Reese River, the first Lander County seat. He was hauling wood out of Pony 

Canyon, directly below, when he made the strike that set off the famous "rush to Reese."


A town called Clifton flourished briefly in Pony Canyon, but fast-growing Austin soon took over and became the county seat in 

1863. Before the mines began to fail in the 1880's Austin was a substantial city of 10,000 people. From Austin, prospectors fanned

out to open many other important mining camps.


Nevada Historical Marker No. 8



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