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The header photo above was taken during the winter of 1967-68. These were buildings, then more than 100 years old, that were part of the installation for construction of the Sutro Tunnel, located east of Dayton along US Highway 50 and near the foot of Six Mile Canyon, below Virginia City, Nevada. Swiss mining engineer Adolph Sutro constructed this tunnel to intersect the vertical mine shafts sunk during the silver mining operations in the early 1860s, to help drain water out of the mine shafts. By 1869, when the tunnel was completed, the mines were about played out, Sutro lost a fortune, and moved on to San Francisco where he built a famous museum and bath houses. Almost one hundred years later, Graham Ross & associates converted the building to the right (originally a warehouse) into a saloon. My friend Pierce Powell tended bar there in the late 60s. The buildings are gone now, destroyed by vandal-caused fires, but hot / warm water still flows from the tunnel opening to this day . . . a bit of Nevada history.
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