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Eagle Valley (Nevada)

Eagle Valley, Nevada
Eagle Valley
Nevada
Aerial photo of Eagle Valley, and its location in Nevada.

Eagle Valley is the area encompassing Carson City, Nevada. The valley was first settled during the California Gold Rush of 1849. The discovery of Nevada's Comstock Lode in 1859 established the economic importance of the area, which would become the site of the Nevada State Capitol.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Establishment of Carson City 1.1
    • Silver mines and statehood 1.2
  • Geography 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6

History

The area was historically occupied by the indigenous Washoe before the arrival of American settlers.[2] The Bartleson–Bidwell Party is believed to have passed through the area on the way to California in 1841. Kit Carson and John C. Fremont rode into the valley, which was still under Mexican rule, during their survey of the Western United States in the mid-1840s.[1] In 1848, Mexico ceded the region to the United States after the Mexican-American War.[3] Soon afterwards, the California Gold Rush brought a wave of prospectors in search of fortune.[1]

In September 1850, the valley was part of the newly established Utah Territory. Many early settlers included Mormons led by Colonel John Reese.[2] In 1851, Reese and a band of eighteen men established "Mormon Station", the first trading post of the Nevada region, near the valley at a location that would become the town of Genoa.[4] When they were recalled to Salt Lake City, Utah by Mormon leader Brigham Young, the land was sold to local resident John Mankin. The trading post became known as Eagle Station and the surrounding area was called Eagle Ranch. The name reportedly came from an eagle shot by ranch manager Frank Hall, who displayed it on the trading post wall. The station served as a stop on the California Trail.[2]

Establishment of Carson City

Abraham Curry
Nevada State Capitol
Abraham Curry set aside 10 acres (4.0 ha) in the center of the valley for the site of the Nevada State Capitol.[1]

In 1858, Abraham Curry came to Eagle Valley after he found the real estate in Genoa to be too expensive.[2] Curry partnered with attorneys John J. Musser and Frank M. Proctor to purchase the trading post and much of the valley for a $300 down payment out of a total sale price of $1,000. Musser and Proctor worked to carve a separate territory from Utah, while Curry promoted the newly founded Carson City.[5] Curry set aside and donated 10 acres (4.0 ha) of land for the site of the future Nevada State Capitol.[6]

Silver mines and statehood

In July 1859, Musser became president and Proctor became vice-president of the constitutional convention to establish the Territory of Nevada. Curry served as the delegate from Eagle Valley.[5] In 1859, the discovery of the Comstock Lode east of Carson City was made public. It was the largest silver find in history, attracting tens of thousands of miners to the area.[1]

Carson City became a station of the [7] As the American Civil War was being fought in the Eastern United States, Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864.[1]

In 1873, another major silver find called Big Bonanza continued the prosperity of the area. In that same year, railway service was opened by the Virginia and Truckee Railroad to transport ore and timber.[1][6]

Geography

Eagle Valley is a tributary to the Carson River basin. Runoff from the valley has contributed to flooding of Carson City, notably on January 3, 1997.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Carson City's Living History". Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Carson City: History".  
  3. ^ "The Gold Rush: Teacher's Guide: Hints for the Active Learning Questions".  
  4. ^ "Mormon Station No. 132". Historical Marker Database. July 10, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Rocha, Guy (2010). "Myth #24: Eagle Valley and Carson City". Nevada State Library and Archives. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Marshall, Sandra (September 29, 2010). "Abraham Curry". Online Nevada Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ "NDOC: Organization".  
  8. ^ "Flood Chronology of the Carson River Basin, California and Nevada".  

Further reading

  • Angel, Myron (1881). History of Nevada. Oakland, California:  
  • Hulse, James W. (1998). The Silver State: Nevada Heritage Reinterpreted. Reno, Nevada:  
  • Cerveri, Doris (1990). With Curry's Compliments: The Story of Abraham Curry. Elko, Nevada: Nostalgia Press. 

External links

  • Myth #24: Eagle Valley and Carson City at the Nevada State Library and Archives

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