Even though a sesquicentennial celebration is at the Aurora Cemetery on Aug. 9, it didn’t come without a fight. A local mine blocked off the road to the historical cemetery and replaced it with an allegedly inferior road.
Those involved with the celebration feared the alternate road rendered it difficult, if not impossible, to even transport the planned and paid for memorial to the cemetery site.
All that changed on June 19 of this year at a meeting of the Mineral County commissioners.
After impassioned argument from Georgana Mayne, and Sue Silver of the Mineral County Museum, sharp questioning from the commissioners and stubborn resistance from Waterton Global Mining, Commissioner Jerrie Tipton cleared the way with these words to Mike Trujillo, director of public works:
“I have no problem telling you, Mikey, to open that road and rebuild it. Put it back where it was.”
“I thought at the time the commissioners would tell me to open it up, and they did. I wasn’t surprised, we already had equipment up there, and it was a piece of cake to open it up” Trujillo said.
On July 7 Trujillo did just that. After a morning drive to the cemetery Trujillo hopped aboard the front-end loader at the site and removed every boulder blocking access to the cemetery. He also directed employees to grade the road and remove berms.
“I think this will make a lot of people happy because a lot more people can access the site,” Trujillo added.
Silver couldn’t be happier.
“We’re holding our dedication service to dedicate the new monument for Nevada’s sesquicentennial. We’re leaving a legacy to the future of our appreciation of the past,” she said.
The event honors 10 veterans buried at the site.
Pastor John Murray of the First Baptist Church is slated to perform a memorial ceremony. Silver said the first church in Aurora fell under the Baptist denomination, and the museum is trying to stay period correct.
During the ceremony a brief discussion of Aurora’s history is planned along with Commissioner Tipton speaking on behalf of Mineral County. Silver and the Mineral County Assistant Librarian will alternate reading short biographies of the 10 men the celebration plans to honor.
Silver also mentioned the plan of bringing in the Nevada Civil War Volunteers, who also appeared at Hawthorne’s Armed Forced Day. Silver also discussed the possibility of cannon fire pending U.S. Forest Service approval.
The celebration starts at 1 p.m. on Aug. 9. Silver predicted the main event’s duration at about one hour. Silver urged participants and spectators to carpool to the site because of the limited parking space. She also mentioned parking ushers will assist with parking.
Those with walking issues have a special drop-off point close to the celebration. Portable bathrooms and rest station are also available. The celebration is an official Nevada 150 Legacy project.