Scenic USA - Nevada
Each day Scenic USA presents a new and interesting photo feature from somewhere in the United States. Chosen from a wide variety
of historic sites, city scenes, backcountry byways, points of interest and America's best parklands, this site offers the viewer hundreds
of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
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|Photo by Ben Prepelka
Stokes Castle Sunset photo by Jim Hug - Exploring Nevada.com
With discovery of the Comstock Load, one of the richest mines on Earth, it's no surprise that the Silver State attracted more than its share of prospectors and entrepreneurs. Here in central Nevada, the silver rush was humorously suggested to have started by a Pony Express rider that kicked over a rock. Named after the famous town in Texas, Austin's population quickly grew to 10,000 people, all hoping to make a fortune. Anson Phelps Stokes, railway magnate, mine developer and member of a prominent eastern family, moved to Austin in the early 1860s. Stokes went on to restart the Manhattan silver mine, bought the rights to the Nevada Central Railroad, and invested heavily in the Austin-Manhattan Tunnel. His legacy includes 25 years of losses, fraud, embezzlement, bankruptcy, and the Stokes Castle.
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