Monthly Archives: February 2013

Silver Tailings: Gran Pah and Goldfield

When the two men headed into the desert of southern Nevada in the winter of 1902, they were hoping to strike it rich. They had been present when Paiute Indian prospector Tom Fisherman wandered into Tonopah with gold ore. Fisherman received a … Continue reading

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Trinidad Bay Goes Missing — Sort Of

Perhaps it’s hard to spot Trinidad Bay from the ocean in December, or perhaps the brigantine Cameo’s captain needed a refresher course before he began. At any rate, in 1850 the ship’s captain missed the bay and reported back to … Continue reading

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Harold Del Ponte, 1916-2013

Harold Del Ponte died January 20, 2013, in Crescent City.  The lifelong Del Norte County resident’s 96 years read like a local history lesson. He was born December 31, 1916, delivered by Dr. Fine, the namesake of the bridge over … Continue reading

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The Hudson Bay Company

Known by its slogan, “We are Canada’s merchants,” the Hudson’s Bay Company is the oldest commercial corporation in North America and one of the oldest in the world. And its reaches extended all the way to Del Norte County. Founded … Continue reading

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Silver Tailings: Downtown Reno Library

The Washoe County Library, on South Center Street in Reno, is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP.)  Completed in 1966, the library is significant to the history of Reno and represents the city’s interest in and … Continue reading

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The Passing of Two Reno War Vets

Another of Nevada’s remaining World War II veterans has passed away.  Charles Tremain was born on July 20, 1927 in Yankton, South Dakota and raised in Beatrice, Nebraska. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Second World … Continue reading

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Jedediah Smith

Jedediah Smith was a mountain man. With the middle name Strong, he epitomized the word. As a fur trader and prolific explorer he survived a grizzly bear mauling and hostile encounters with natives. Born on January 6, 1799 on the East … Continue reading

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