October 19, 2012
130 years ago
When Adams and Cassidy spoke at Candelaria an attempt was made to fire anvils and hoist the American flag. The man who was to give the salute got drunk and lost his powder. When the Stars and Stripes were run up on a liberty pole, the insulted timber broke off square at the base. Old Wheel Horses of the party who believe in the “signs of heaven” shook their heads and said: “The elements are agin’ us.”
100 years ago
Herbert Nixon, son of the late Senator Nixon, was arrested near the Alder sanitarium in San Francisco for running his automobile without a muffler in a hospital zone – S.F. Examiner
70 years ago
During the work of tearing up the old railroad track between Corinne, Utah and Lucin for use for war purposes, the old fish plates at Promontory, where Leland Stanford drove through the golden spike, were salvaged. The golden spike plate was presented to Robert A. Allen of Carson City for the museum. The plates will be delivered in person.
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50 years ago
The state highway engineer said today the contract for construction of the first four-lane freeway segment between Las Vegas and the Nevada Test Site at Mercury will be awarded before next May. The $9 million dollar appropriation from Congress will widen the “widow maker,” U.S. Highway 95.
20 years ago
City supervisors approve $1,500 for a structural review of the Bliss Mansion roof.
10 years ago
Local, state and tribal leaders agree on a mediator to help reach a compromise to bring more water to Walker Lake.
• Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.