Nevada Rock Art Geocaching Historical Markers

Historical Marker #8

Located on U.S. Highway 50 in Austin, Nevada.


Austin, mother town of mining camps, cprang into being after WIlliam Talcott discovered silver at this spot on May 2, 1862. Talcott came from Jacobsville, a stage stop six miles to the rest on the Reese River, the first Lander County seat. He was hauling wood out of Pony Canyon, directly below, when he made the strike that set off the famous "rush to Reese."

A town called Clifton flourished briefly in Pony Canyon, but fast-growing Austin soon took over and became the county seat in 1863. Before the mines began to fail in the 1880's Austin was a substantial city of 10,000 people. From Austin, prospectors fanned out to open many other important mining camps.

Notes on this marker:

The scene is down the street from the Toyiabe Cafe, we always end up eating there or the International.

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