View from the Past

100 Years Ago

It is quite evident that San Francisco and northern California in general realizes the necessity of assisting in improving the Lincoln Highway of the stretches of desert country in Nevada. It is also apparent that I.H. Kent of Fallon, who attended the meeting in Oakland as a local consul, is doing excellent work in promoting the highway improvements in this section. The following is from the Oakland Tribune of June 4: Eleven cities and towns were represented at the meeting yesterday, at which California State Consul Joseph Caine, managing director of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, presided. The following action taken is highly gratifying to the people of Churchill County and northern Nevada in general. “Aiming to bring Eastern autoists to San Francisco and other northern California points, the northern California division of the Lincoln Highway Association, voted an appropriation of $50,000, of which $40,000 will be spent in building a hard surface road over the Fallon sink in Nevada, and $10,000 in marking the highway from Salt Lake City to San Francisco. Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, June 10, 1916

75 Years Ago

Any doubts about the future of Fallon’s domestic water supply were dispelled here this week when the Shuey Drilling Co. brought in a well on the city’s North Maine street lot that gives every indication of providing for all needs of the community for many years to come. The well was drilled to a depth of 506 feet, the 22” casing is set to a depth of 456 feet and when the well came in the water rose to within 33 feet of the ground level so that there was 473 feet of water in the well.

The Fallon Eagle, June 14, 1941

A highly interesting and informative talk, appropriate because Flag Day is approaching, was given before the Fallon Rotary club Tuesday by Mrs. M.H. Wallace. She opened her remarks by saying that the United States flag is the third oldest of the national standards in the world, older than the “Union Jack” of Britain, adopted in 1801, or the “Tricolor” of France, adopted in 1794, or the flag of Spain, which was adopted in 1785. The Fallon Eagle, June 14, 1941

50 Years Ago

Rather quietly, a hundred million dollar industry has spread across Nevada, in what is a healthy revival of the Silver State’s famous mining. According to history books, Nevada’s gold mining began and ended with the Goldfield strike of a half century ago. Actually, it is far from ended. A resurgence in mining is ahead. Today, one of the richest mines in all America is operating in Lynn District, Eureka County. This one pit mine hiked American production 15 per cent last year in the first six months of operation. In tonnage, it is the second largest gold mine ever operated on the continent. Fallon Eagle-Standard, Friday, June 10, 1966

From the Past ... stories from the Churchill County Museum Archives, researched and compiled by Margo Weldy, Churchill County Museum assistant.


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