18.000 x 14.000 inches
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Evelyne Boynton Grierson
Painting - Oil On Canvas
AURORA, NEVADA Aurora was first settled by J.M. Carey, James M. Brady and E.R. Hicks in the spring of 1860 when they were hunting game and found gold. They organized the camp and named the town. In 1861 California created the new county of Mono and made Aurora the county seat, supposing it was in California. The officers of Mono County moved in. Men began coming from all directions. By the year 1862 Aurora had a city government, two daily newspapers, two fire companies of 60 men each, two military companies with fully equipped armories, two brass bands, blocks of buildings constructed of brick freighted in from Sacramento. Administrative offices of two states held forth, complete with elections, due to the belief that Aurora was divided in half by the state lines of California and Nevada. This division continued until it was discovered that Aurora was in actuality in and belonged to Nevada. In 1864 Aurora had some twenty stores, a dozen hotels and as many more boarding houses and saloons in great numbers. Aurora�s output in gold and silver from 1860 to 1869 was more than $30,000,000. Wells Fargo carried most of it by stage. In the painting, the Exchange Hotel is at center right. The two-story building on the left is Wingate Hall and the building far end on the left is the Last Chance Hotel and Saloon. Aurora is 12 miles northeast of Bodie, California. Road is closed in winter. Best route is Limekiln Canyon 2 miles from Fletcher, Nevada. Approach road from Del Monte Junction , 10 miles north of Bodie, very rough, need 4 wheel drive. Not much left of town.
January 10th, 2009
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