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December lecture features early pioneer

Bob Ellison will discuss the story of Richard Sassaway Watkins for the Douglas County Historical Society’s December lecture.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Ellison is a long time resident of Carson Valley, and the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and three books on Nevada history; “Territorial Lawmen of Nevada, First Impressions,” the history of the emigrant trail through Carson Valley from 1848-1851; and “Longbeard,” the story of Warren Wasson. He is a former Constable of East Fork Township and a long time employee of the former Bently Nevada Corporation.

Watkins is a forgotten pioneer, born in Maryland in 1826. With the discovery of the Comstock, Watkins came to the East Slope of the Sierra as one of the early pioneers. He became the first man to claim the ground where Carson City’s airport and hot springs are. When the Paiute Battle of 1860 arose, Watkins led the Silver City Guard in the first encounter. He was wounded, but survived.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $3, and free to historical society members.

The Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center is located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

For more information, call 782-2555.

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