“Along the East Walker River, Nevada,” a new book written by Sue Silver of Hawthorne, is on sale at the Mineral County Museum in Hawthorne.
Silver’s book details the history of the farming families who lived along the East Walker River in the earliest days of the river’s settlement by whites.
Silver’s research into the early residents of the area — now part of Lyon County but formerly encompassed by Esmeralda and Mineral Counties — began when a Mineral County resident brought a map to her showing Mineral and Esmeralda Counties.
Silver’s research began with a town surveyed and mapped in 1864 for the East Walker River Mining and Agricultural Company.
Silver’s review of historical accounts of the area led to a curiosity about the history of the early way stations, ranches and farms that sprouted up along the banks of the river.
Silver’s book provides an historical perspective of the places and people discovered while attempting to identify the site of Mineral City.
Following the river from the Elbow Ranch, a way station established on the toll road between Carson City and the mines at Esmeralda and Aurora prior to 1862, the identities of the early residents of this otherwise dry region of old Esmeralda County (later Mineral County and now a part of Lyon County), are revealed.
“Along the East Walker River, Nevada,” is on sale daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $15.95.