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N 38° 31.950 W 118° 37.500
11S E 358362 N 4266151
An official Nevada historical marker and ECV marker in one.
Waymark Code: WMY20K
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 04/04/2018
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
Views: 6

This official Nevada historical marker is located at a rest area at the north end of town which also acts as a veterans memorial. Please have respect here when visiting.
Marker Title (required): Hawthorne

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 60

Marker Text (required):
Present Mineral Co. Seat -- Former Esmeralda Co. Seat Townsite selected in 1880 by H. M. Yerington, president of the Carson and Colorado Railroad Co. as a division and distribution site for the new railroad. The location was adjacent to the important Knapp's Station and Ferry Landing on the busy Esmeralda Toll Road from Wadsworth to Candelaria Radiating roads ran to all of the surrounding mining areas. Yerington named the new town Hawthorne after a lumberman friend in Carson City and on April 14, 1881, the first train arrived, loaded with prospective buyers for the new town lots. In 1883, Hawthorne took the Esmeralda County seat from declining Aurora but later lost it to booming Goldfield. In 1911, it again became a county seat, this time for the new Mineral County. In 1926, a destructive munitions explosion in the east caused the military to select Hawthorne for a new site. In 1928, Governor Balzar, former citizen of Hawthorne, turned the first shovel of dirt and dedicated the new depot which officially opened in 1930. Hawthorne is a central point for desert travelers and for the vacation activity on nearby Walker Lake. State Historical Marker No. 60
State Historic Preservation Office Julia C. Bulette Chapter E Clampus Vitus

County (required): Mineral

Marker Type (required): Full Size (with blue painted mesh)

Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

URL - Website (optional): [Web Link]

Other Marker Type (optional): Not listed

Other Damage Type (optional): Not listed

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