Reuel Colt Gridley
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 39° 29.589 W 117° 04.280
11S E 493866 N 4371506
History sign in Austin, Nevada.
Waymark Code: WMVE98
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 04/07/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
Views: 2

One of four small history plaques located on pillar at Austin’s outdoor Loneliest Highway Visitors Center.
Marker Title (required): Reuel Colt Gridley

Marker Text (required):
Early day Austin merchant who became famous for carrying a 50-pound sack of flour from Austin to Clifton, on April 19, 1864, to pay off an election bet. While celebrating afterward, Gridley decided to auction off the sack of flour. By auctioning the sack in Austin, Verginia City, Sacramento, and San Francisco, he raised $200,000 for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, a private relief agency for the sick and wounded Union soldiers. This was the forerunner of the Red Cross.

County (required): Lander

Marker Type (required): Metal Plaque

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Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

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Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): Not Listed

URL - Website (optional): Not listed

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