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N 39° 14.890 W 114° 53.470
11S E 681976 N 4346435
History marker in downtown Ely
Waymark Code: WMTPRP
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 12/25/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
Views: 1

History marker on the north edge of the Ely Renaissance Society Sculpture Park at 699 East Aultman St.
Marker Title (required): ELY - FORGING THE LINK

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 269

Marker Text (required):
James H. Simpson put the future site of Ely on the map during his 1859 exploration through the Great Basin. In the 1860s, silver and gold deposits were discovered nearby in what became the Robinson Mining Destrict. Ely developed as a regional center, becoming the White Pine County seat in 1887. The area grew dramatically in the early 1900s with major copper discoveries. The Nevada Northern Railway, headquartered in East Ely, carried ore from the mines at Ruth to the McGill smelter, as well as connecting Ely to the world on its 150 mile route north to the transcontinental railroad. The towns of eastern Nevada were joined during the late nineteenth century by a network of wagon roads. In 1913, the road through Ely was incorporated into the transcontinental Lincoln Highway, though it was not paved until 1922. Ely had over 2,000 residents and offered many services, making it an excellent stopping place on the long road across the Great Basin. When the copper industry declined after World War I, the struggling town turned to travelers for income. The Lincoln Highway was designated U.S. 50 in 1926. By mid-century the popularity of the Victory Highway, now Interstate 80, reduced U.S. 50 to the status of “The Loneliest Road in America.” In addition to the Lincoln Highway, two other major national roadways converge at Ely. The Midland Trail, designated Route 6 in 1937, was an early coast to coast automobile road that also connected Ely to Tonapah and southern California. U.S. 93, which passes north-south through Ely, takes travelers from Canada almost to the Mexican border.

County (required): White Pine

Marker Type (required): Other (describe below)

Other Marker Type (optional): Fiberglass sign

Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

Other Damage Type (optional): NA

URL - Website (optional): Not listed

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