Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Austin Cemetery April 2, 2012

Beautiful gravestone in the cemetery. This individual immigrated from Ireland.

Eighty miles east of Eureka on US Route 50 is the historic community of Austin, Nevada. It is a small community with no grocery store but a number of hotels, restaurants and gas stations.
Within the town limits are a number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. I am drawn to Austin because time slows down and I can get away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. On this blog I have included photos from the famous and beautiful Austin cemetery at the base of the Toquima Range.

Short History: Austin was founded in 1862 with the dicovery of silver in the area. Within a year the Reese River Mining District had a population of 10,000. With a growth in population came saloons, hotels, stores, a hospital and many restaurants. In 1880 the Nevada Central Railroad built a railroad from Battle Mountain to connect Austin with the Transcontinental railroad. Mining continued until 1887 when the mines became unprofitable. In 1950 the Federal Government had interest in mining Uranium but it was of low quality. Today, a geothermal power plant is built close to town. (Information from Austin Chamber of Commerce)

The cemetery looking north

Ornate gravestone in cemetery

Austin cemetery

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