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The Ghost of Treasure Hill
by Betty Orr
On Treasure Hill
A ghostly wind
Rattles slat and sage.
And every silvered
Sash and door,
Is sanded smooth with age.
Who traveled here?
Who wept at night?
Who bore the dreadful breeze?
Who burned for ore?
Who drilled at night?
Who prayed on trembling knees?
On Treasure Hill
The flowers stay small
Nestled near the stones.
And scatterred on a
Rock mounds now cover bones.
Who watched from here?
Who mourned a child?
Who swayed against the wind?
Who counted days,
And then, the hours,
The stage that rattled in?
On Treasure Hill
I sifted soil.
I found an earring part.
I found a dish, a
I guess a broken heart.
They Call Us Ghost Towns Part Two: Ely
Mr. G's, formally The Bank Club has tried to make comebacks, but sits awaiting.
The Bank Club originally opened in 1938 and boasted big name entertainment. To
the left of the old Bank Club ( Mr. G's) is the Ely Theater build in 1919 and closed,
but ready to come back to life!
The Collins Hotel is intriguing with the pergola on the roof,
probably VIP seating for parades. Bought by someone
from out of town several years ago. They renamed it
Annie's, but it has not re-opened.
Ely Nevada is the county seat for White Pine County and the
largest "city" in the county. Our courthouse ( pictured above ) was
built in 1908.
Although originally a stop along the stage, Ely was part of the Pony
Express Trail, and over the years, Ely was and is always a mining
town. Ely's population goes up and down with our cycles of boom
and bust. We are considered to be "frontier territory" and the most
remote area in the lower 48 states.
We are also listed as a "ghost town". Come and visit us, you might
just be surprised by the beauty of our area.
Above: The Nevada Northern Railway was built in 1905-06,
connecting Ely to the Southern Pacific Railroad at Cobre. It is
now a historic landmark and trains run on a regular schedule.
There is also a museum and you can even drive the train!
St. Augustine’s Cultural Center has much to be grateful for this past
year, after several years of being stymied. Our last two grants, one
from the State of Nevada Commission for Cultural Affairs and one
from the National Park Services’s “Save America’s Treasures” finally
came through. We have been under construction since last August and
hope to wrap up by March of this year. Here is an outline of these final
The Henry Kilgren 9-rank Pipe Organ has been fully (and Beautifully)
restored and reinstalled by renowned master organ maker Charles
Ruggles. It has a wonderfully sweet sound. We can’t wait for you to
hear it! You definitely want to reserve May 17th and be here. We will
have activities Saturday and Sunday. Here are the preliminary plans:
- Kilgren Organ Workshop—we have the world’s only known surviving, intact
organ made by Henry Kilgren! Charlie Ruggles (www.rugglesorgans.com) will be here to
discuss and show the details of the pipe organ and restoration, and history of the famous
Kilgren family. This is an incredible opportunity for enthusiasts of pipe organs and other
- St. Augustine’s Catholic Church & Austin history presentation by Mella Harmon,
historic preservation consultant and writer, and former curator of History at the Nevada
- Architectural Salvage sales: we have everything from stacks of “barn wood” to cut
nails, roofing tin, roofing tails, bricks, and even a claw-foot bathtub. These are all surplus
from the renovation and will come with an authentication letter. These proceeds will be
used only for further restoration of St. Augustine’s.
- Silent Auction Items: while these aren’t historical, they are quality items ranging from
local hotel stays to great gifts!
- Tours of St. Augustine’s: we get to show you all the work of the past eight years!
- Saturday Early Evening Dinner: a varied menu for dinner will be served from our new
A very Special Evening Program with Richard Elloyan, (www.
richardelloyan.net). If you are lucky enough to have heard him, you
know that he is Nevad’s great western singer with solid rural roots. His
rich voice resonates with the spirit of all Nevadans! Be sure to visit his
website and order his wonderful CD’s You can also purchase some
from him in person at this program in St. Augustine’s.
Richard Elloyan’s opening act will be the glorious (and surprising)
music of the fabulous Henry Kilgren Organ played by Charlie Ruggles,
Howard Bennett and a mystery guest.
We will send out the final event schedulae and ticket information
sometime in March. We welcome additions to our mailing list. Please
drop us a line at St. Augustine’s, PO Box 503, Austin Nevada, 89310
or email us at: staugustine’s@GoAustinNevada.com.
Our last gentle reminder. We welcome any contributions! Our
expenses are low, but until the renovations are complete and we can
start hosting events, we depend upon you to keep the insurance and
utilities current. Please remember us in your giving. We are a 501 C (3)
St. Augustine’s Cultural Center