233Re: [NVnarrowgauge] Re: Fuel use on NV narrow gauge railroads
- May 17, 2006--- Brian Norden <bnorden49@...> wrote:
> Several years ago the Nevada Historical Society'sVery interesting! I have run across references to the
> journal carried an
> interesting article about the deforestation around
> Austin. Seems like
> the local indians hired themselves out as
> woodcutters to the mine
> owners, etc. Seems like once the trees were cut and
> the mines played
> out the indians were out of a job. But, they could
> not go back to their
> prior existence of hunter-gathers -- they had cut
> down the source of the
> pinon nuts that they gathered!
cutters being Portuguese, so this is an interesting
addition. Figuring that the cutting around Austin
began 17 years before the NC was built, and looking at
how much cordwood was used to fuel a mills' and mines'
boilers, it wouldn't have been too many years (3-5 I'd
guess at best, or about 1868) before most trees in the
immediate area were gone. Teaming cordwood would've
become a very lucrative business until the NC arrived.
Looking at photos of the AC railway and the NC yard at
Clifton in 1887, cordwood on cars already figured
large in traffic volume, and there were newspaper
references to cutting occuring well up the line, 30-45
miles north of Austin. By that time the railway was
burning coal, but the mines still used wood. Go
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