Galena (HM1RPW)

Location: Reno, NV 89511 Washoe County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 21.77', W 119° 49.06'

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Galena had a dual personality. It was developed in 1860 as a mining property by R. S. and Andrew Hatch. The Hatch brothers' quartz mill and smelter were among the earliest erected on this side of the Sierras. The gold float from the local mines contained a heavy admixture of lead sulphide, "galena," which caused the mining operations to be non-paying, but the mills continued to operate, processing ores from the Comstock mines. The severe winter of 1864-65 interrupted freighting to Virginia City, and the ensuing mining depression forced the Galena mills to close.

The town also developed into an important lumbering center. Eleven sawmills were operating by 1863, and Galena boasted stores, lodging houses, a justice court, a school which doubled as a community hall, saloons, and dozens of homes. After two disastrous fires in 1865 and 1867, Galena was abandoned.
Marker Number212
Placed ByState Historic Preservation Office and Reno Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists
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Date Added Sunday, April 17th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 257244 N 4360829
Decimal Degrees39.36283333, -119.81766667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.77', W 119° 49.06'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 46.2" N, 119° 49' 3.6" W
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Area Code(s)775
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15998 Callahan Ranch Trail, Reno NV 89511, US
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