The Reese River Country

This article gives a first-hand account of the rush to the Reese River (Austin) region of Nevada in the early 1860s: "...a sheep corral had to be paid for at the rate of fifty cents per night in advance; when no man could safely undertake to sleep under the lee of a quartz boulder, in consequence of that claim being guarded by a prior occupant armed with a six-shooter; when it was a luxury to sit all night by a stove, or stand against a post behind a six-feet tent."
(1866 Harper's New Monthly Magazine)

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