Fallon, Nevada (Images of America Series)

Fallon, Nevada (Images of America Series)

by Michon Mackedon, Valerie Serpa


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In the mid- to late 19th century, nonnative populations first settled Fallon, Nevada, and the surrounding areas in Churchill County. Tracts of land were claimed from a desert floor, watered sporadically by the Carson River, which, in “good years,” flows abundantly through the region. Fallon can be seen as a palimpsest, having once exclusively been home to Native Americans and then becoming an overland crossroads. In the mid-1890s, Jim Richards established a store at the crossing and Mike Fallon opened a small post office nearby. Now referred to as the “Oasis of Nevada,” it is home to thousands. Lahontan Dam, completed in 1915, strengthened early agricultural roots and inspired rural dreams of verdant plenitude. Churchill County presently supports dairies and vineyards as well as farms and ranches. The city of Fallon has developed in significant ways, taking pride in its cultural life, schools, parks, businesses, and city-owned utility enterprises.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467132220
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/13/2014
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,189,048
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Authors Michon Mackedon and Valerie J. Serpa are lifelong residents of Fallon and intimately involved in the community’s literary, artistic, and educational life. With generous assistance from the Churchill County Museum and Archives, they have designed a visual narrative of Fallon’s story, creating a vibrant and ongoing memorial on the occasion of Nevada’s sesquicentennial.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

1 Native Americans, Ranchers, Farmers, Miners, and Station Keepers 11

2 The Birth of a City 25

3 The Oasis of Nevada 41

4 The Social Fabric 63

5 Moving toward Mid-Century 85

6 Defining Home 103

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