Wilson Canyon
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 38° 48.580 W 119° 13.209
11S E 307228 N 4297996
This Nevada Historical Marker is mounted on a cut stone boulder located on the southeast side of Nevada Highway 208 at Copperbelt Drive at the south end of Wilson Canyon in Lyon County, Nevada.
Waymark Code: WMGCMZ
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 02/14/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
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Wilson Canyon

Wilson Canyon and the Wilson Mining District were named for brothers David and "Uncle Billy" Wilson. David Wilson (b. 1829), came west in 1850 during the California Gold Rush. He returned to the Midwest in 1853, married, and joined the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. Wilson participated in at least one battle and was discharged with sunstroke. He then returned to the West.

The Wilson family settled in the Wilson Canyon area in 1863, mining gold discovered in Pine Grove by brother "Uncle Billy" and ranching in Mason Valley. The Wilsons' mining efforts eventually yielded several million dollars.

David Wilson died in 1915; a prominent local rancher and community leader. He is buried nearby in the Wilson Ranch cemetery.

A Northern Paiute named Wovoka was raised with the Wilson boys and took the name Jack Wilson. He regularly attended family bible readings and prayers. Wovoka started the Ghost Dance movement in 1890 which swept into the Great Plans with potent political force.

Historic Marker No. 255
Sponsored by Katie Buchanan and Family
State Historic Preservation Office

Marker Title (required): Wilson Canyon

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 255

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County (required): Lyon

Marker Type (required): Metal Plaque

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