Democratic lawmakers trying to ration free speech

Nevada’s Democratic lawmakers in Carson City are seeking to enforce their egalitarian philosophy on everyone: All people are equal and deserve equal rights — and only equal amounts of those rights. You have the right to free speech, but no more than anyone else. This past week an Assembly committee heard testimony on Senate Joint… [More…]

A Biography of Albert A. Bass

A native of Missouri, Albert A. Bass, and generally then known as A. A. Bass, arrived in Nevada sometime around 1890. In 1900, he was mining at Pine Grove, then in Esmeralda County. A few months later, James L. Butler and his wife, Belle, discovered the prospects that resulted in the boom town of Tonopah,… [More…]

Interpretative sign installed at Mineral County ghost town

Mineral County Museum On June 10, staff of the U.S. Forest Service Bridgeport Ranger District (BRD) and volunteers with the archaeological site stewards began the installation of a new interpretative sign for the ghost town of Aurora. Located near the entrance to the Aurora cemetery, the sign panel installation was completed on June 13 and… [More…]

Request made to close historic section of cemetery

For more than 20 years I have studied over 100 cemeteries in both California and Nevada as a means of identifying persons now buried in unmarked and unknown graves. From 1997 to 2002 I was the sexton for a cemetery that was founded in 1849. While there I researched some 600 unmarked graves in the cemetery, most of which were unknown to… [More…]

Hawthorne cemetery getting facelift

“Show me your cemeteries and I will tell you what kind of people you have.” — Benjamin Franklin Lying peacefully at the north end of E Street, Hawthorne’s cemetery is getting a fresh face. Thanks to the Mineral County Public Works Department, installation of a new white picket fence is nearing completion of Phase 1 at the front or south end of the… [More…]

‘Pioneer’s grave desecrated at Aurora cemetery’

Having discovered the travesty committed to the grave of Aurora resident John F. Parker, I was compelled to find out more about this man. Who was he? How long had he been at Aurora? Where did he come from and did he have any living family in today’s world? So as my research continued I… [More…]

An old resident of Aurora

A silent unmarked grave contains the mortal remains of one of our county’s earliest African American pioneer residents. The grave of Grafton A. Johnson, a Freeman and native of Massachusetts, is likely within the old Hawthorne cemetery grounds. While he was a resident of this county Grafton Johnson lived a hard and industrious life. He… [More…]