By Shawn Hall
Shawn Hall's immensely well known guidebooks to Nevada ghost cities became crucial assets for backcountry explorers and students alike. Now corridor returns to Elko County to survey the county's railroad and level stations, in addition to different websites now not integrated in his prior survey of this substantial and colourful component of the country.
As in his prior volumes, corridor features a historical past of every web site he lists, besides interval and modern images, instructions for finding the websites, and an evaluate in their current situation. His historic bills, according to a variety of fundamental and secondary resources, are either scholarly and interesting, wealthy in anecdotes and personalities, and within the attention-grabbing minutia of heritage frequently overlooked by way of extra educational writers.
Shawn Hall's commitment to documenting Nevada's hundreds of thousands of historical websites has enriched our wisdom of the state's quite short yet very eventful prior. Connecting the West is a invaluable addition to Hall's impressive efforts to maintain the state's heritage.
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By 1900, Wells’s population had grown to 543, and businesses in the town included Bullshead Hotel (Wes Johnson), Allen Hotel (George Allen), San Marin Restaurant (Mrs. M. E. Allen), Quilici Store, Coryell and Smith Meat Market, A. W. Goble General Merchandise Store, Morris Badt and Company Store, J. R. Nuttall Store, and blacksmith and wheelright Frank Jeanney. Fraternal organizations included the Good Templars and Knights of Pythias. In addition, the Wells Dramatic Club performed plays in the Good Templars Hall.
A major blow for the town during the Depression was the closure of the Wells Bank, run by George Wingﬁeld, in 1932. The Depression also killed oﬀ the well-established Nevada State Herald in October 1933. However, the new weekly Wells Progress began publication under the guidance of Ed Shirton on June 26, 1936. Charles Triplett, former owner of the defunct Herald, bought the Progress in 1940 and the Triplett family published the paper until 1977. By 1936, Wells had a population of about three hundred.
Because of its location, Red Point was a busy cattle-shipping point. When the Oregon Short Line ceased operations in 1978, the buildings and tracks at Red Point were removed. Today, concrete foundations and wood rubble mark the site. S. 93 for three miles to Riverside. Riverside, located near the present-day Boies Ranch, was a siding and depot for the Oregon Short Line from 1925 to 1978. During the construction of the railroad, a small temporary town was built at Riverside to accommodate construction crews.